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Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Hospital occupancy increases; there are 221 people ICU

QCOSTARICA - Though the number of new daily confirmed cases of covid-19 has remained stable, around 1,000, the number of hospitalizations and people requiring intensive care has risen sharply this past week. 514 people were reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health as admitted...

“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...

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 contagion rate in Costa Rica continues to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 continues to decline in Costa Rica, going from 0.97 a week ago to 0.94, according to the School of Medicine of the Universidad Hispanoamericana. Over at the Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion of the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR),...

Minister Salas: Covid-19 will displace heart attacks as the first cause of death this year

QCOSTARICA - Dr. Daniel Salas, the Minister of Health, would like to have a crystal ball to answer how 2020 will end, marked by COVID-19. "It is still very uncertain," he says. "What is almost certain is that COVID deaths will displace those caused by...

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...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 1,296 new cases; country reinforces shelters for risk of floods due to tropical depression

QCOSTARICA - The General Director of Health, Priscilla Herrera, confirmed 1,296 new cases of COVID-19 for Friday, October 30, of which 275 are by epidemiological link and 1,021 by testing, for a total of 108,866 confirmed cases, with an age range of zero to...

CCSS hires 4,000 temporary employees to reinforce the fight against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - More than 4,000 temporary workers join the payroll of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) to face the care of the COVID-19 pandemic in all public hospitals.   The new staff is for support work mainly in the area of ​​Medicine, where the...

PAHO considers it unnecessary covid-19 tests or quarantines for international travel

QCOSTARICA - Swabs and compliance with quarantine for tourists entering a country are considered unnecessary by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The PAHO warned that these measures generate a false sense of security. It also suggested that countries "not depend on quarantines or diagnostic tests...

Keep your distance, go with few friends, carry a mask and face shield

QCOSTARICA - Bars and casinos in hotels can now reopen their doors after seven long months of closure, operating under certain conditions that aim to reduce the risk of contagion of COVID-19. The reopening, authorized by the Ministry of Health, will also mean back to...

Ebais technicians will be going door to door to try to contain the pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) Going door to door, almost 1,500 primary care technicians working in Ebáis clinics across the country will return to the streets, in an attempt to contain the pandemic. Wearing personal protective equipment to avoid contagion and protect others, they will resume follow-up visits, after...

A pandemic without measures: Costa Rica would have had 80,000 sick, 800 dead

(QCOSTARICA) "As of June 8, 4,628 new cases of COVID-19 are registered, for a total of 79,951 and 800 deaths are reported. There are 33,578 people recovered and 45,563 active cases. In addition, there are 3,958 people hospitalized, of which 792 require intensive care”. This...

Colombia’s ‘webcam’ models reinvent themselves in the face of pandemic demand boom

Eroticism and sex online are no longer enough. In isolation due to the pandemic, Colombian webcamers now spend more time listening and offering advice of all kinds to clients who do not know how to deal with quarantine. The demand for its services has not...

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