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Should the vaccination against covid-19 be opened?

QCOSTARICA - Six months after the start of vaccination against covid-19, will it be time to open the campaign to those who want to protect themselves against this disease, without age or risk limits? Five specialists were consulted: pediatric immunologist and director of the Hospital...

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on Thursday that establishes the requirements to request the vaccination certificate against covid-19 in Costa Rica and abroad. This procedure can be done online, using this form. To prove identity, the Ministry requests to include a...

Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be located, people without any risk factor, can advance their vaccination against covid-19. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, confirmed to...

Government promises to speed up vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A total of 700,000 doses against covid-19 were applied across the country in May. A month earlier, health centers had applied 565,000 doses. For the Minister of Communication, Agustín Castro, these figures show that the speed of the vaccination process is increasing. At a...

Costa Rica expects to exceed one million vaccinated against covid-19 by the end of June

QCOSTARICA - They summoned him for an appearance. Then they stood him up. So, Dr. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, took to social media to deliver his message, defending on Facebook the purchase plan for vaccines against covid-19, a message he was prepared to...

Groups press for mass vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Rectors of public universities, authorities of the Catholic Church, and representatives of business and labor groups throughout the country are asking the Government to promote mass vaccination against covid-19. This group, which calls itself the "Mesa de Trabajo para Acelerar la Vacunación Unidos...

Tody’s Covid News: 40 deaths in last 24 hours, ICU at record levels

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported 40 deaths associated with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The number is the second highest so far; the highest was 48 two days ago. Tuesday, May 18. That is a death every 36 minutes in the last...

Today’s Covid News: 48 deaths in 24 hrs; Govt promotes 5 areas of actions

QCOSTARICA - Reducing the number of infections, freeing up hospital beds and establishing national and international collaborations are the objectives of the announced actions by President Carlos Alvarado during Tuesday's press conference. The other measures announced Tuesday are new vehicular restrictions starting Wednesday, May 9,...

Today’s Covid News: 32 deaths in the last 24 hours; 3,039 news cases

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica reported this Thursday the highest number of deaths associated with covid-19 in a single day, since the start of the pandemic. This May 13, 32 people died as a result of the virus. According to the data provided by the Ministry of...

Today’s Covid News: 1,024 in hospital, 403 of them in an ICU

QCOSTARICA - After three days of nothing, not a word from the Ministry of Health, on the current covid-19 situation, Monday afternoon numbers were published. The last report was on Friday, April 30. Yes, it is a long weekend after all, but the virus doesn't...

Schools and colleges will remain open because “they do not produce an increase in cases.”

QCOSTARICA - Public and private schools will remain open despite the critical moment of the covid-19 pandemic facing the country. The decision, announced on Thursday by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, was based on the fact that the return of students to classrooms, on...

What to watch for to be sure you get the vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The moment has arrived to get the vaccine. With the apparent "irregular" vaccination in the health area of the Tres Rios made public by a video that went viral on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, asked the Caja Costarricense de...

JUPONAZO: Government closes non-essential trade from May 3 to 9 in Central Valley!

QCOSTARICA - The Government ordered the closure of non-essential trade from May 3 to 9, in the Central Valley, in an attempt to contain the exponential growth in the number of new cases of covid-19, hospitalized patients, and deaths, which have saturated the public...

Today’s Coronavirus News: 4,310 new cases and 32 deaths in 3 days

QCOSTARICA - A total of 4,310 new cases and 25 deaths associated with covid-19 were reported in the last 3 days, from Saturday, April 24, to Monday, April 26, with the record-breaking 1,830 new cases for a single day on Saturday. Last week, the record...

Organizer of ‘Summer Fest’ in Cartago affirms cancelation of event

QCOSTARICA - The organizer of the "Summer Fest" event, scheduled for today, Saturday, April 24 in Cartago, assured on Friday that it had canceled the activity, among other reasons, due to the severity of the pandemic. The organizer, who identifies himself publicly as Juan Torres,...

Today’s Coronavirus News: Friday record in ICU to covid-19 and the second highest number in daily cases

QCOSTARICA - This Friday, April 23, 2021, shortly after 6:00 pm, the Ministry of Health reported the second-highest number of covid-19 cases in a single day: 1,656. This number was surpassed with 1,776 the previous day. This was also the day that more people are...

Costa Rica breaks record: 1,776 covid-19 cases in a single day

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, April 22, was a record breaking day for covid-19 cases in Costa Rica when the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day, 1,776. This is the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the...

Private sale of the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica seen difficult in the short term

QCOSTARICA - Private clinics and pharmacies are in the possibility of starting the processes to sell vaccines against covid-19 in Costa Rica, however, the possibility of bringing and registering the drugs in the country is complicated. Roberto Arroba Tijerino, National Coordinator of Immunizations of the...

Today’s coronavirus news: ICUs overloaded, occupancy for critically ill with covid-19 reaches 85%

QCOSTARICA - The number of patients with covid-19 is advancing by leaps and bounds. This Monday, 571 people were hospitalized, 263 in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The maximum capacity at the moment in the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is...

Covid rebound: 435 people hospitalized, 208 in Intensive Care

QCOSTARICA - During a last-minute press conference from Casa Presidencial, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, did not rule out increased measures to stem the spike in new cases the last two weeks. Asked directly if there would be any measures adopted in the near...

Health focuses vaccination of people over 58 in the event of a third wave of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health has ordered the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), to allocate 90% of all vaccines against covid-19 to protect people aged 58 and over, who are part of the second risk group. Vaccines for the first group, which are...

What to consider if you are leaving the country during Easter and after

QCOSTARICA - Unless you must absolutely travel out of the country during these times, Costa Rica's Minister of Health is asking to put off any unnecessary travel at this time. “People who have to travel and can postpone it, do it, because new variants have...

Costa Rica monitors five more cases of variants of the covid-19 virus

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa) - Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health - has identified 5 more cases of covid-19 associated with variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa and...

Can you choose which vaccine to receive?

QCOSTARICA - Right now, Costa Rica only has the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine, thus the question, if you can choose which vaccine against covid-19 to receive, does not yet apply. When the time comes, the country receives vaccines against covid-19 from other pharmaceuticals, according to the Minister...

Less than 0.7% of people vaccinated against COVID-19 have had “some type of event”

QCOSTARICA - On Friday, March 12, the Ministry of Health reported that, of the total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19, 0.67% have presented "some type of event" supposedly attributable to vaccination or immunization. The majority of cases (73%) is in women and within the...

Will there be new sanitary restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter)?

QCOSTARICA - For now, it appears unlikely that the government sees it necessary to tighten the sanitary measures for Semana Santa (Easter Week) from March 29 to April 4. In recent weeks, there has been an improvement seen in the number of new daily infections...

People vaccinated against COVID-19 will not have to isolate if they are a positive case contact

RICO's COVID-19 DIGEST (QCOSTARICA) People vaccinated against COVID-19 who are in contact with a person positive for SARS-CoV-2 will be considered low risk and will not have to isolate. This is established in the update (number 18) of the National Guidelines for the Surveillance of...

Costa Rica begins second pandemic year with 3 urgent tasks: vaccinate, reactivate economy and recover education

QCOSTARICA - The pandemic is not over. Not yet. We still have some time to go before getting there. Perhaps that is the most important thing to keep in mind at the beginning of the second pandemic year. Although the number of new daily confirmed...

Live press conference on the pandemic will now be weekly

QCOSTARICA - A year into the pandemic, the government is throttling back on the press conferences to update the evolution of the pandemic. From the first days after March 6, 2020, of the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in the country, every day (including Sundays),...

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...

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