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Cause and Effect: Semana Santa and reduced restrictions taking its toll

QCOSTARICA - The relaxed restrictions of the month and in combination with Semana Santa has resulted in an increase in cases, almost double that of last month, increased hospitalizations and more people actively carrying the virus. The good news in all of this is a...

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...

Health does not rule out containment measures due to the increase in COVID-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - In recent days an increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica has been reported. The average of under 400 new cases daily saw a sharp increase to over 500 and there is even talk of the third...

Covid-19 caused the Costa Rican population to lose 13,484 years of life

QCOSTARICA - Covid-19 would have caused the Costa Rican population to lose 13,484 years of life. How is this possible and what does it mean? This variable is called years of life lost, a measure of premature deaths that takes into account both the frequency...

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...

In the first year of the pandemic, Costa Rica has the fifth lowest mortality from covid-19 in Latin America

QCOSTARICA -  How has Costa Rica done during its first year in the fight against covid-19? If you ask the demographer Luis Rosero Bixby, he will say that the most important indicators to determine it are related to deaths. "We can measure the severity of...

Contagion rate rises 13.3% in one week

QCOSTARICA - Though the number of new cases daily of covid-19 has been "stable" this past week, the contagion or R rate rose to above 1. The R rate, according to the report according to the epidemiological report of the Research Coordination of the School...

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...

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,...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica remains low: Have we ‘flattened’ the curve?

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica registered a slight increase in the last week, but it remains at low levels. In the last seven days, the indicator of the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH) went from 0.81 to 0.84. This means that 100...

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...

Presence of ‘Tica variant’ of coronavirus doubled between September and November

QCOSTARICA - Last December, a group of Costa Rican scientists pointed out that there was a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that was very rare in the world, but very common in Costa Rica. Today, with more analyzes carried out, the scientists...

Covid-19 maintains ‘high’ pressure on hospitals despite slight decrease in hospitalized patients

QCOSTARICA - Between the different hospitals of the Caja, an average of 20 land transfers and at least one air transfer of patients with covid-19 are made daily. Carrying out these transports, either by road or air, to ensure a bed for critically or severely...

6 year old girl dies of causes associated with covid-19: it is the fourth death of a child

QCOSTARICA - A six-year-old girl, with a fundamental neurological problem, became the fourth child fatality due to causes linked to covid-19. The girl died on January 13 and was a patient in the Palliative Care Unit, confirmed the medical director of the Hospital Nacional de...

‘Inappropriate conduct’ in December influenced the increase in the contagion rate

QCOSTARICA - "We are in an increase in the pandemic in Costa Rica, caused, among other things, by inappropriate citizen behavior during the month of December," is now Ronald Evans, a doctor and epidemiologist who coordinates the Research Unit of the Hispano-American University, summarized...

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,...

55 Costa Ricans have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - On Thursday, December 24, 35 seniors and workers from the Hogar Propam Fundación for seniors and 20 officials from the Specialized Center for the Care of Patients with covid-19 (CEACO) received the first dose fo the covid-19 vaccine. These people received the immunization...

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...

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...

25 out of 100 Costa Ricans plan to break their social bubble on Christmas and New Years

QCOSTARICA - Days before celebrating Christmas and New Years', 25 out of 100 Costa Ricans plan to break their social bubble to share the holidays with other people who are not part of their home. If that behavior becomes a reality on December 24 and...

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...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Costa Rica to exceed 2,000 deaths by the end of the year

QCOSTARICA - “We are going to exceed 2,000 deaths from covid-19 in 2020 in Costa Rica. It is a quite high and alarming figure, and a reality in many homes," were the words of the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, on Friday to the...

Critically ill Covid-19 patients will be transferred to San Jose hospitals by air

QCOSTARICA - The increase in critically ill patients with Covid-19 in communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) made it necessary to coordinate more air transfers of these patients to hospitals in San José. In fact, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) reported that...

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...

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