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Costa Rica received the largest batch of covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday: 92,430 doses

QCOSTARICA - A new batch of vaccines of 92,430 doses, and the largest received since December against covid-19, arrived Tuesday, as part of the deliveries from Pfizer-BioNTech. With this the seventh shipment, second of this month after Pfizer renewed deliveries last week, the country accumulates...

Costa Rica confirms presence of coronavirus variants emerged in UK and South Africa

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica already reports variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa and that constitute "variants of concern" for science because they show a greater probability of infection or of reducing the efficacy...

Minister Salas: 4 factors influence the drop in new covid-19 cases in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is on the verge its seventh consecutive week with a decrease in new cases of covid-19. Between Saturday (February 20)  and Monday (February 21), 996 new cases were reported: 549 on Saturday, 239 on Sunday and 208 on Monday, figures that...

569 people participate in a study to evaluate the body’s defenses against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - 569 people from different communities in the country have been part of the study “Evaluación de la respuesta inmune al Covid-19 en Costa Rica" (RESPIRA) - Evaluation of the immune response to Covid-19 in Costa Rica. The research seeks to estimate the prevalence...

No clear date for the resumption of shipment of Pfizer vaccines

QCOSTARICA - Last week, the president of the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) stressed that the shipments of the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 would resume today Monday. Alexánder Solís stated during the press conference last Tuesday, to report on the handling of the pandemic in...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: New coronavirus: Country registers steep drop in deaths; Health reports 16 in the last three days

RICO's COVID DIGEST - It's almost as if covid-19 took a break, resulting in the drop in the daily number of new cases and deaths. Hospitalizations have also dropped to levels not seen in many, many months. With the respect to deaths associated with covid-19,...

Private laboratories can only carry out PCR tests as the wait on supplies for the antigen test

QCOSTARICA - Despite the announcement last Friday by the Ministry of Health authorizing ten private laboratories to perform the antigen test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19, they can only perform the PCR test. For now, those traveling to the United States will...

11,838 people have already received the two doses of the covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, 11,838 people already have the complete vaccination scheme against covid-19, after having received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. A week ago, the data provided by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) spoke of 2,421 people having received...

Ten private laboratories can perform antigen tests to identify coronavirus

QCOSTARICA - As of this Friday, ten private laboratories can perform the antigen test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19. Previously, this test could only be used at the social security level, but this year the conditions changed. In compliance with the provisions...

Costa Rica will continue to vaccinate vulnerable groups while Pfizer resumes shipments in mid-February

QCOSTARICA - Health authorities said on Thursday they will maintain the vaccination against COVID-19 of vulnerable groups despite the notification from Pfizer it would resume vaccine shipments to the country in mid-February. The Ministry of Health assured that all those people who received their first...

Health evaluates asking for negative PCR test again to enter the country

QCOSTARICA - The Health Surveillance Directorate of the Ministry of Health is evaluating the possibility of again requiring a negative PCR covid-19 test to travelers who enter Costa Rica. This measure had been eliminated on October 22. The possibility of reinstating the provision was recognized this...

Can an employer force a worker to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

QCOSTARICA - After the world struggled for months to find a vaccine against COVID-19, one of the looming discussions is whether an employer can force their employees to get vaccinated against the SARS-COV-2 virus. For the moment the answer is no. Not as long as...

Garabito backtracks with extended hours on beaches

QCOSTARICA - The Municipality of Garabito reversed Friday afternoon in its intention to extend until 6 pm the opening hours of the canton's beaches such as Playa Jacó, Hermosa and Herradura, among others. Patricio Morera Víquez, executive president of the Instituto de Fomento y Asesoría...

This is what Costa Rica paid to Pfizer-BioNTech for vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica paid Pfizer US$36 million dollars for the three million doses of covid-19 vaccines, that is, US$12 each. The information was provided Wednesday afternoon by the Government after Pfizer authorized the disclosure. The confidentiality clause in the contract had prevented data such...

Presidency denies departure of Minister of Health: Salas is on vacation

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, did not resign from his position. He is only enjoying "a well-deserved vacation," said the Presidency. The Executive cleard up rumors that had circulated since early in the afternoon of this Tuesday, which spoke about an...

Companies and employees that do not comply with protocols when returning to the offices will be sanctioned

QCOSTARICA - With the start of vaccination against Covid-19 in Costa Rica, some companies are considering the return of their employees to the offices. With this, they are forced to comply with the legal and regulatory provisions and those indicated in the protocols and sanitary...

End-of-year celebrations threaten to trigger COVID-19 infections and saturate hospitals

QCOSTARICA - January and February will be critical months for medical services in Costa Rica, with an increased risk of collapse in hospital services for patients than ever before during this health crisis. Experts in infectology, epidemiology, and demography predict that the number of infections,...

Health finds eight probable cases of covid-19 reinfection in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported, this Wednesday, December 30, of eight probable cases of reinfection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19 after analyzing 10 people suspected, five are men and five women, aged 19 to 55, one of them died. The finding...

Covid-19: Costa Rica will receives the first vaccines against Wednesday night; application begins tomorrow

QCOSTARICA - Contrary to tougher sanitary measures expected to be announced today at today's press conference from Casa Presidencial, President Carlos Alvarado rather gave "positive" news. “Tonight (Wednesday,  December 23) the first batch of vaccines against covid-19 will arrive in the country by air. The...

Beds for critical patients of covid-19 reach capacity

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported Saturday night that the critical beds for patients with covid-19 have reached capacity. Likewise, it indicated that, in general, all intensive care unit (ICU) beds available for the care of patients with covid-19 have high occupancy. “The Costa Rican...

Who is first to be vaccinated in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Seniors and long-stay center workers, as well as first responders, will be the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica starting next year. “The health teams are already waiting for the delivery of this product to start vaccination. Very soon we...

Costa Rica Persons of the year: Health Minister Daniel Salas who longs for the end of the pandemic to hug his mother

QCOSTARICA - It was on March 9 that Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza celebrated his 43rd birthday. A Monday. Three days after Costa Rica registered its first cases of covid-19. That day he faced the country to say that there were now nine confirmed cases...

Bullfights are conditioned to demand for hospital beds

QCOSTARICA - The traditional year-end bullfights - corridas de toros - in Zapote will be conditioned on the demand for hospital beds generated by covid-19 patients. At the moment, the bullfights that starts on Christmas day is still on. But due to the pandemic, it...

Costa Rica investigates possible covid-19 reinfection in eight people

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is investigation eight suspected cases of reinfection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. Adriana Torres, from Health Surveillance, confirmed that there are four men and four women. One of the men has already passed away. In October, there were reports of...

Arrival of the vaccine against covid-19 will not replace other measures against contagion

QCOSTARICA - The pace with which COVID-19 vaccines are being developed worries some people, who fear they are not safe products. Both Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), and Pedro González, vice minister of Health,...

Team of 200 prepare vaccination of three million Ticos against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The exact date is not known, but the plan has already been drawn up and about 200 people work daily to organize the first national vaccination campaign against covid-19.   Three million Costa Ricans would be immunized against this new virus tentatively starting in...

“Bubbles” burst due to fatigue and crisis

QCOSTARICA - We are tired. The physical and mental exhaustion of the pandemic grows exponentially, added to an economic and social crisis, ended up bursting the ‘social bubble’ put in place to protect ourselves against covid-19. Take a look around you. There are more people on...

Costa Rica signs with AstraZeneca to supply candidate vaccine against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that Costa Rica signed with AstraZeneca to supply one million doses of its candidate vaccine against COVID-19, AZD1222, developed together with the University of Oxford. Said million doses will cover half...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: Number of confirmed cases reaches 120,939

QCOSTARICA - On Thursday, November 12, the Minister of Health reported 1,171 new cases of COVID-19, of which 264 are by epidemiological link and 907 by testing, for a total of 120,939 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to 101 years. There are...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 118,566 confirmed cases as at November 10

QCOSTARICA - The general manager of Health on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, reported 979 new cases of COVID-19, of which 295 are by epidemiological link and 684 by testing, for a total of 118,566 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to 101...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 6,392 new cases the last seven days

QCOSTARICA - After a few days of r&r, I am back with my daily reports of COVID-19 in Costa Rica. In the last seven days (November 1 to 7), the country registered 6,392 new cases, ending the week with a total of 116,363 cases since...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,015 new cases for Oct 30; Health reminds to respect distancing and wear a mask

QCOSTARICA - Almost on the eve of All Souls' Day, also known as Day of the Dead, the Ministry of Health asked people who visit cemeteries to respect social distancing and wear a mask. Although the day is on Monday, November 2, cemeteries expect an...

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