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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...

Today’s Covid News: Contagion rate in Costa Rica remains unchanged in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last week did not change, a fact that is seen for the first time in the weekly analysis of the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH). However, the fact that it remains static, in this case,...

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...

Seven out of ten over 58 years have been fully vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports that 70.3% of people over 58 years of age, the so-called Group 2 of vaccination prioritization, in Costa Rica already have their complete two-dose schedule of vaccine against covid-19; 86% of them have received...

Parking lots, a bull ring and shopping centers among the vaccination centers on Saturday

QCOSTARICA - Vaccination centers against covid-19 were transformed this Saturday to be able to vaccinate more people. Universities, civic centers, parking lots and even a bull ring were all part of the different places that were adapted. In total, 89 health areas had their workers...

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...

“Respect that I am talking. Respect me!” Salas gets into shouting with legislator

QCOSTARICA - “Respect, that am I talking. Respect me!,” demanded the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, from the legislator of the National Integration Party (PIN), Wálter Muñoz, while he tried to answer his questions. The incident occurred this Monday, at noon, when Salas, after being...

Panama provides field hospital to support emergency care in Heredia

QCOSTARICA - The government of Panama provided a mobile hospital, or field hospital, to support the care of the pandemic in Costa Rica. The equipment, which will be installed in the San Vicente de Paúl Hospital, in Heredia, left Panama on Saturday for Costa Rica,...

Repeating ‘Semana Santa’ effect could be fatal in this pandemic wave

QCOSTARICA - If people flock to the beaches during the mid-term holidays, which run from June 28 to July 9, it is very likely that Costa Rica will again suffer the so-called “Semana Santa” effect, whose hangover is still strong pressure on health services. This...

Today’s Covid News: New covid cases and deaths continue high; contagion rate drops below 1

QCOSTARICA - While the number of new daily cases continues over 2,000, save for drops on weekends (typically Sundays and Mondays), the greater concern is the high level of hospitalizations, in particular patients requiring an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This past six days, from Saturday,...

CCSS will test anyone who has mild symptoms for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Feeling under the weather, have a cough or runny nose, fatigued, weak, nauseous, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing? Or suspect you may have covid? The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will now perform antigen tests on people with suspected covid-19 who have mild...

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...

CCSS applied almost 206,000 doses of vaccine against covid-19 in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) applied 205,902 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 in the last seven days. This is the week (May 17-23) that more vaccines have been applied since the campaign began, on December 23, 2020; an amount of ...

Long lines and long waits for a massive vaccination campaign against covid-19 in Alajuelita

QCOSTARICA - Long lines and long waits was the norm this Monday, as dozens of residents of Alajuelita, who responded to the call of the local Health Area for a massive vaccination against covid-19. According to some attendees, the health center summoned the population of...

Demographer assures that Costa Rica reached peak of pandemic wave, but calls for caution

QCOSTARICA - Have we already reached the peak of this wave of covid-19? Demographer and public health worker Luis Rosero assures that it is. However, he cautions that this does not mean that the wave is over or that the trend cannot be reversed, because...

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...

Second doses of Pfizer vaccines will be 12 weeks apart

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday, May 18, that people who get the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 will no longer get their second dose 21 days (3 weeks) after the first, but rather up to 12 weeks. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, said...

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,...

Costa Rica’s contagion rate continues to decline, experts once again warn of a ‘false ilusion’

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica fell for the second consecutive week and registers the lowest values ​​of the last 11 weeks. However, specialists warn that declines like these can result in a "false illusion", such as the one that...

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...

Health expands group 3 vaccination for people from 16 to 58 years

QCOSTARICA - Adolescents of 16 and 17 years old with some risk factor in case of falling ill with covid-19 will be part of Group 3 of vaccination against this disease. The National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission (CNVE) announced this Wednesday that the Caja Costarricense...

Caja to move ‘non-covid’ patients to private hospitals

QCOSTARICA - Caja patients with diseases other than covid-19 will be transferred to private hospitals, to make room for covid patients, through the "Urgent strategy for institutional expansion through collaboration with private hospitals." According to the information provided by the CCSS medical manager, Dr. Mario...

27-year-old connected to an ‘artificial lung’ for 111 days after infected with covid-19

QCOSTARICA - In contrast to the belief that only the old get deadly sick after being infected with covid-19, a 27-year-old old and a healthy man before SARS-CoV-2 has accumulated so far 111 days connected to a device popularly known as an "artificial lung". Technically,...

Today’s Covid-19 News: New infections continue over 2K daily, despite drop in R rate

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 infection rate in Costa Rica dropped, but not enough to reduce the rate of infection. While the indicator stands at 1.32, that is 100 people could infect 132, the concern of Health authorities is this number based on the Universidad Hispanoamericana...

48 patients with covid-19 from other provinces wait for beds in San Jose hospitals

QCOSTARICA - 48 patients with covid-19, the majority in severe and moderate condition, this Thursday morning were waiting for a bed in a hospital in San José. As reported by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), they are 4 patients in critical condition, 25...

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...

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...

More Costa Ricans Vaccinated Than Total of COVID Cases

QCOSTARICA - More than 247,000 people in Costa Rica have received their two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, surpassing the country’s 233,000 COVID-19 cases reported during the pandemic. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), also known as the "Caja", reports 697,237 doses applied, of...

Hospitalizations of under 50s with covid-19 concerning

QCOSTARICA - In addition to the concern of the sharp increase in cases this week as Costa Rica is hit with the third wave of covid-19, the hospitalization of increasingly young covid-19 patients generates growing concern among health authorities and specialists. These are patients who...

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...

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