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Chamber of Commerce asks business to respect protocols against covid-19 to avoid new closures

QCOSTARICA - The Camara de Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) called on its members not to loosen the protocols against covid-19, after the warning from the Ministry of Health and the CCSS due to the rebound in infections in the country. Arturo Rosabal, vice president of...

Brazilian variant of coronavirus detected in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A 28-year-old man from Alajuela and a 32-year-old woman from Heredia are the first two cases of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 variant originally detected in Brazil. Both cases were detected in the microbiology laboratory of the National Children's Hospital and according to...

Nicaragua begins vaccination against covid-19 in people with chronic diseases

TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaragua, on Tuesday, March 2,  began to apply the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against covid-19 to people with chronic diseases, in the first phase of immunization that will later be extended to other segments. Photo from El19Digital “At this stage, we are vaccinating...

Government rules out, for now, toughening sanitary measures for Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - This Semana Santa, if the number of daily new cases continues on its current trend, we will not see the harsh sanitary restrictions of last year. At least that is the word for now from the government of Carlos Alvarado, as they do...

Bogotá, Medellín and Cali: the cities with the most violations of measures against covid-19

QCOLOMBIA – Since the mandatory isolation began in Colombia, 1,400,387 finess have been imposed throughout the country for failing to comply with the measures decreed by President Iván Duque, the mayors, and governors to contain the spread of covid-19. The sanctions were due to non-compliance...

231 tourists infected with COVID-19 in Costa Rica since opening of air borders

QCOSTARICA - Did the Government lie to us? I am afraid so. Up to a few days ago, I was telling people we have not had one case of tourists infected with Covid-19 since the reopening of the airports to one and all on...

“The restriction on weekends must be urgently eliminated”: Business

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicle restriction on weekends must be eliminated, as a matter of urgency, according to the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (Fedecámaras) in a letter addressed to Daniel Salas, Minister of Health. This represents an impediment for families to...

Nicaragua approves Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaragua’s government said Wednesday that it had approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Sputnik V will be a powerful tool to promote health and life in Nicaragua says the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Muillo “Nicaragua is advancing in...

70% of unemployed due to Covid-19 show signs of depression, study shows

QCOSTARICA - During the pandemic, the main concerns that affect people's mental health are related to the effects of Covid-19 on their family, social and economic stability, indicated an investigation carried out by the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) and the Universidad Nacional (UNA). When...

First vaccines against covid-19 arrive in Panama, the country with the most infections in Central America

TODAY PANAMA – With a sideways view of the syringe, nurse Violeta Gaona received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19 in Panama on Wednesday in her left arm. Panama has the highest number of infections due to the pandemic in Central America. Nurse...

Ortega Regime Promises Vaccines, with No Details

TODAY NICARAGUA – Former Nicaraguan health minister and current presidential advisor Carolina Davila has announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in 2021. Her announcement came after weeks of government silence. Plans are to prioritize the groups at highest risk. Nicaraguan advisor on health issues, declares...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 181,093 cases and 2,367 deaths

RICO'S COVID19 DIGEST - Costa Rica has accumulated 181,093 cases of Covid-19 since the first cases last March, the Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday. In its twice-weekly reports, the interim minister of Health, Roberto Gonzalez, reported 1,032 new cases for Tuesday, January 12. Of the...

Sanitary vehicle restriction influenced a 32% drop in road deaths

QCOSTARICA - A 32% decrease in road deaths last year would be an indirect effect of the health vehicle restriction introduced since mid-March as a measure to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. At least that is how traffic authorities justify it by stating...

Study: masks and vehicle restriction were the most effective against Covid-19 in CR

QCOSTARICA - When implemented together, the mandatory use of masks and vehicle restriction were the most efficient measure to reduce hospitalizations for Covid-19, according to preliminary findings of a recent study. In contrast, other measures such as the closing of August 10, which only focused...

Nicaragua gvt promotes massive events fueling the second wave of contagion

TODAY NICARAGUA – While the world tightens restrictions again to stop the second wave of Covid-19 contagion, which has already killed almost two million people and at a time when fear grows for a more contagious strain of the virus, in Nicaragua the regime...

More than 15 thousand tourists have purchased INS travel insurance

QCOSTARICA - Since August 1, when Costa Rica announced the gradual opening of its air borders and up to December 15, a total of 15,972 tourists purchased traveler insurance from the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS). After four months of closure due to the covid-19...

COVID-19 the leading cause of deaths in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - COVID-19 is already the leading cause of death in Costa Rica. This was detailed this Tuesday in a press conference by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. "COVID-19, compared to previous years as a single causal entity, became the leading cause of death...

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...

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