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PAHO: Costa Rica has the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in Central America

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted this Wednesday that COVID-19 cases are stabilizing in much of Central America, taking into account the figures reported in the last week. However, Carissa Etienne, the Director of PAHO, representative of the World Organization of Health...

COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in hospitals in Costa Rica during August

(QCOSTARICA) Deaths associated with COVID-19 became the leading cause of death in the hospitals in Costa Rica during the month of August. According to data from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), deaths from COVID increased 140% from July to August and a growth...

Reader’s response to “When the cat is away..”

(QCOSTARICA) In response to my article, "When the cat is away.." John Breek wrote: "Or should we rather say, "when the cat is out of the bag...". "Our dear health dept officials are perhaps recognizing that masking up, social distancing, stay@home house arrests and locking down...

PAHO: Costa Rica’s second rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 due to relaxation of measures

(QCOSTARICA) The relaxation of the distancing measures motivated the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, said the Ciro Ugarte, head of the Department of Health Emergencies of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), this Tuesday. “Costa Rica implemented epidemiological tracking early and adequately...

COVID-19: 77 new cases; UN to give Costa Rica “health cooperation” in northern zone

(QCOSTARICA) With an increase of 77 cases, the number of COVID-19 infections rose to 1,538, counted since the first case in March. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, in his report this Thursday, emphasized that the larger number of cases continue in the northern zone,...

Nicaragua’s Independent Medical Associations in the Line of Fire

Members of the independent medical associations that, given the inaction of the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (Minsa), proposed a voluntary quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nicaragua, now complain of “a campaign” being waged against them. They assert that the campaign is...

Doctors call for urgent voluntary quarantine in Nicaragua

(AFP) Nicaraguan medical unions on Monday called on the population to urgently adopt a voluntary quarantine to deal with the spread of COVID-19, which they believe is expanding and has collapsed hospitals, although the government “continues to deny it.” Some 34 medical associations called for...

The Nicaraguan Approach: Defy Science with Ignorance at the Helm

The newly released publication of guidelines the government has titled: “White book for the COVID-19 pandemic” demonstrates what independent scientists have been pointing out: in the face of the danger of the pandemic, the authorities have oscillated between gross ignorance and boastful triumphalism. The Ortega-Murillo...

Health seizes 80 COVID-19 rapid tests

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health, in a joint operation with the Air Surveillance of ​​the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the General Directorate of Customs, seized a total of 80 rapid tests for detection of COVID-19. These tests were found in the luggage of...

Nicaragua has stopped providing data on COVID-19 says PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) in Spanish – assured this Tuesday that the Nicaraguan government has failed to provide data on the impact of COVID-19 in its country. According to PAHO, the situation in Nicaragua with COVID-19...

Salud Threatens Cyclists With Fines If Thet Don’t Social Distance

The ministry of health is requiring cyclist to maintain social distancing, saying it will fine cyclists who ride in clusters

Coronavirus in Nicaragua: Doctors warn of possible chaos due to the rapid spread of covid-19

Today Nicaragua, Managua. Inhabitants and doctors of Nicaragua fear that the country is on the verge of chaos due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, due to the lack of measures to contain it and official secrecy regarding infections in the country. The independent media,...

Salud will not allow “disinfection tunnels” in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health has said it will not allow the use of "disinfection tunnels" in Costa Rica, a system activated by sensors to release a disinfecting substance as a person passes through. Such a system was installed recently at the main entrance of...

Fourth death by covid-19 in Costa Rica: 84-year-old man dies in San Juan de Dios Hospital

An 84-year-old man became the fourth fatality in Costa Rica on Wednesday of covid-19. The resident of San José initially entered the Hospital Nacional de Geriatría (National Geriatric Hospital), diagnosed with the respiratory virus disease on April 1. Four days later he was transferred to...

“No One Checked Me Out”

Rico's TICO BULL - Several arrivals, foreigners, into Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport the last week had a similar answer: no one checked me out. I had each one, how was the line inside (the immigration and customs line), what were you...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Infected Rises to 50 people; Immigration bans stand

According to the latest report from the Health authorities during the Tuesday mid-day press conference, in Costa Rica, there are 50 positive cases for covid-19, nine more than on Monday. Of that number, 46 are adults and four minors. Four of them are in intensive...

“In Central America, when it goes bad for the world, it goes worse for us.”

Univision(Leer en español) - Sherman Anderson has survived a category five hurricane and kept afloat during the global economic recession of 2008. But the impact of the coming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could be more severe, he says. “People are scared, they’re...

MINSA denies rumors about COVID-19 in Nicaragua

Dr. Martha Reyes of the Ministerio de Salud de Nicaragua (MINSA) – Nicaragua Ministry of Health,  on Wednesday, denied the rumors existing on social networks about the arrival in Nicaragua of the COVID-2019. Dr. Martha Reyes, director of Health Surveillance The doctor confirmed on Channel 4’s...

Alajuela Hospital suspends outpatient services because of cases Covid-19

Authorities of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) decided to suspect outpatient services at the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the confirmed covid-19 patients being treated at the medical center. The temporary suspension of outpatient services ensures...

First suspected case of the new coronavirus in Costa Rica!

The Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) reported today, Thursday, that is analyzing what appears to be the first suspected case of the new coronavirus, Covid-19 The patient is a 52-year-old Costa Rican woman, a resident of Pococí, in Limón, who was in Italy and...

There Is NO Suspected Case of Coronavirus in Costa Rica

#NOCOMECUENTO. Social media and various (non-reliable) online websites claimed the first case of coronavirus in Costa Rica. That is not so. Costa Rica DOES NOT have any suspicious or confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). The Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) ruled out that the...

Coronavirus: Nicaragua has not established protocol or will quarantine

Nicaragua’s Minister of Health, Carolina Dávila Murillo, informed through the official media, that the government of Daniel Ortega will not interpose any quarantine to those who enter Nicaragua, including from countries that have positive cases of the new coronavirus, covid19. “Nicaragua has not established or...

13 Myths About Coronavirus, According to the World Health Organization

As the new coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, so does misinformation surrounding it. While Costa Rica does not yet have a confirmed or suspicious case, Health authorities are not taking it for granted, prepared for its arrival - sooner or later. It’s true...

A coronavirus ‘super spreader’ was identified

(CNBC)A British businessman who likely contracted coronavirus in Singapore, and traveled to France, Switzerland and England, is being dubbed a “super spreader” of the virus, because he has infected at least 11 people, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The man, Steve Walsh, said he has...

Health Ministry Readies For Possible Arrival of Coronavirus

Although several people have consulted for suspected coronavirus, the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) has ruled out all cases. The most recent were six engineers who traveled to China and when they returned to Costa Rica, they had respiratory symptoms. Facing a possible arrival of...

Sodas And Restaurants Face Demanding Requirements In The Use of LPG

Sodas (small eating places) and restaurants in Costa Rica must meet 133 requirements contained in an evaluation tool, and then undergo scrutiny by a specialist, in order to obtain a certification for the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or the premises, or face...

Dengue: A ‘Military Defeat’ in Cuba

Much more than a century ago, Carlos Juan Finlay de Barres, a Cuban epidemiologist, ruled out contagion and environmental agents, discovered yellow fever's transmitting agent (the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue) and advanced the main measures to prevent the epidemic, including the...

Dengue continues to wreak havoc in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is on an epidemiological alert due to the excessive increase in cases of Dengue which continues to worsen despite the fact that the worst of the rainy has not yet arrived. According to the latest Epidemiological Bulletin by Minsa (Ministry of Health) up to...

Allergan Breast Implants Recalled By FDA Made in Costa Rica

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday (July 25, 2019) issued an alert about textured breast implants and Biocell tissue expanders, produced by Allergan, as they are related to the onset of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The FDA requested that Allergan recall...

Country registers strong increase in dengue

Costa Rica has registered a strong increase in cases of dengue so far in the current rainy season, with 70% more infections than in the same period last year, the Ministry of Health reported Friday. As of June 2019, 1,666 cases of dengue were registered,...

Parents opposed to vaccinating their children may lose custody

Parents who oppose vaccinating their children may end up in court and even lose custody of the children. Up to March of this year the national children's welfare, the Patronado Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), received a little more than 3,500 complaints, ranging from lack...

Venezuela Children Waiting for Bone Marrow Transplants

In a country where getting antihistamines, vaccines and antibiotics proves difficult and finding a donor is almost impossible, a group of mothers whose children are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants are not giving up the fight.   Yelitza Parra poses with her 7-year-old son...

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