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Demographer: ‘Costa Rica is experiencing a paradoxical scenario: drop in cases of covid-19 and increase in the contagion rate’

QCOSTARICA - "We are experiencing the paradoxical situation of reduction in the number of daily cases at the same time that we have an increase in the contagion rate," are the words of demographer and public health specialist, Luis Rosero Bixby, from the Central...

Assaults and robberies fell 62% in the San Jose during start of 2021

QCOSTARICA - In the first 44 days of 2021, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) - Ministry of Public Security - reports a 62% decrease in assaults, thefts, and robberies in the central area of ​​San José. For example, pedestrian assaults fell from 255 between...

Pandemic setback: Tourist visits to Costa Rica fell to 1998 levels

QCOSTARICA - If there were doubts about the impact of COVID-19 on the Costa Rican tourism sector, the figures will help to clear them up. One of those figures is the visits of foreign tourists to Costa Rica. Stunning, in 2020, the entry of vacationers...

Drop in covid-19 cases is not only occurring in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In recent weeks, Costa Rica has experienced a reduction both in the number of reported new cases of covid-19 and in its contagion rate, that is, the speed with which transmission occurs. Only in the last week, the reduction was 20.6%. But the...

Disinfecting tables, doors or supermarket purchases is of little use against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Cleaning and disinfecting with alcohol, several times a day, tables, doorknobs, desks, and any other surface in the home; sanitizing grocery bags and groceries, or bathe and change clothes as soon as you get home, are all practices common during the first...

CCSS ready for second clinical trial of equine serum against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is ready to begin its second scientific trial with equine serum in hospitalized patients with covid-19. The institution announced Friday morning at a press conference that the protocol has already been approved by the ethical-scientific committee...

Now in Costa Rica robot that promises to ‘destroy’ virus that causes covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A robot that, using ultraviolet (UV) light radiation, is capable of destroying SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 (and other viruses or bacteria) from any surface in a matter of minutes. That is the promise of Xenex, a robot designed by a San...

20 French tourists tested positive for covid-19 in Costa Rica; six are hospitalized

QCOSTARICA - Twenty French tourists who entered Costa Rica in a group tested positive for covid-19 in our country. Six of them remain hospitalized. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health this Tuesday afternoon, reported La Nacion. “We do have a group of 20 French...

Quarantine in the United States is only a recommendation; in Canada mandatory

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL - Since last January 26, the United States Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S. The negative result of not...

Consumers: Who are the Most Optimistic for 2021?

QCOSTARICA - Regarding what is expected economically for 2021, in Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras there is more optimism among consumers, while in Costa Rica and Guatemala the percentage of people who believe that the situation will improve this year is lower. According to...

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...

70% of unemployed due to Covid-19 show signs of depression, study shows

QCOSTARICA - During the pandemic, the main concerns that affect people's mental health are related to the effects of Covid-19 on their family, social and economic stability, indicated an investigation carried out by the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) and the Universidad Nacional (UNA). When...

Central Bank foresees economic growth of 2.6% this year

QCOSTARICA - The Costa Rican economy will grow 2.6% this year, after a 4.5% contraction in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year. That was the word from Rodrigo Cubero, president of the Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) - Central Bank, on Friday, January 29,...

DiDi will donate trips to Costa Ricans over 58 to covid-19 vaccination centers

QCOSTARIA - Need a free ride to your vaccination point? DiDi announced on Thursday that it will invest ¢300 million colones to donate trips to Costa Ricans over 58 who have to travel to receive the covid-19 vaccine. This benefit will apply to people over...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica reaches its lowest level since the end of April

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate or R rate registered a new decrease that takes it to the lowest levels in the last nine months. However, it is not the time to lower our guard, as this indicator is very volatile and may rise again. Both...

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 pandemic drives global computer sales

Q TECH - Covid-19 resurrected the worldwide sale of desktop and laptop oomputers last year were up by more than 13% worldwide in 2020. The exceptionally high demand for Personal Computers (PCs) in 2020 is a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. As working and...

KLM suspends flights to Costa Rica due to new health restrictions from the Dutch government

QCOSTARICA - KLM, the Dutch airline, decided to suspend all its long-haul international flights starting this Friday, including those to and from Costa Rica. This measure responds to the new covid-19 prevention regulations announced on Wednesday by the Dutch government. "We take this news with due...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica drops to its lowest levels in three months: 0.89

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate, also called the R rate, of covid-19 in Costa Rica has dropped significantly from last week, 25.8%, and to the lowest levels since the week of October 20. This is pointed out by the analysis "Una pandemia en perspective" (a...

100 years ago, the school year was also suspended and meetings were prohibited due to a pandemic

QCOSTARICA - It was the month of February 1920 when the first 45 people affected by the so-called Spanish flu were reported, who arrived in Costa Rica through the port of Limón. Those first cases were treated by Dr. Tony Facio Castro at the United...

24,859 doses applied against covid-19 in three weeks of vaccination; second dose begins

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports it has applied 24,859 doses during the first three weeks of vaccination against covid-19 throughout the country. In a press release this Friday morning, January 15, the Caja said that amount represents 80.8% of the...

‘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...

People over 80 will be a priority in the second stage of vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - When Costa Rica begins covid-19 vaccination of group 2, of those 58 years old and over, priority will be given to those aged 80 and over. This was one of the announcements made Wednesday by Roberto Arroba Tijerino, technical secretary of the National...

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

QCOSTARICA - Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic. According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de...

Comptroller questions vehicle exemption to attract foreign pensioners

QCOSTARICA - The Comptroller General (CGR) detected a loophole in a bill that would allow foreign investors to enter the country without paying import taxes, which could eventually be marketed without paying taxes. "The text enables these people to import a motor vehicle for personal...

9,751 people have already received their first dose of vaccine against covid-19 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)reported Friday that 9,751 people had already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine. 83% were applied to officials of hospitals and clinics of the CCSS, 9.9% to seniors residing in long-stay homes, 2.4% to workers...

Costa Rica recovers more than 18,000 jobs from the most critical moment of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - The Continuous Employment Survey (ECE) of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) for the three months of September-October-November 2020 shows that the country has recovered 183,274 jobs from the most critical moment of the pandemic at the labor level between...

Survey: Two out of every three Costa Rican households saw their economy affected by the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - The main concerns of people in the midst of the pandemic revolve around the economic situation of their homes, according to a survey carried out by the Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población (Idespo) de la Universidad Nacional (UNA) - Institute of...

Costa Rica receives third batch of 33,150 vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A third batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed Tuesday night at the Juan Santamaría airport, with a total of 33,150 doses of the drug developed by Pfizer/BioNTech. As in the first two shipments, the vaccines were flown in by DHL Aero Expreso. And...

Crisis drowns restaurants and bars as entrepreneurs struggle to survive

QCOSTARICA - During 2020, the bar and restaurant sector had to reinvent itself to assimilate the blow caused by the covid-19 pandemic and stay alive. However, the crisis arrived and left a deep scar, about 30% of the businesses will not reopen their doors. This...

Second batch with 11,700 vaccines against covid-19 reaches Costa Rican soil

QCOSTARICA - The second batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed on Wednesday night, December 30, at the Juan Santamaría airport, with a total of 11,700 doses of the drug developed by Pfizer / BioNTech. The flight, carried out by DHL Aero Expreso, left Belgium, made...

Landed: First covid-19 vaccines arrive from Belgium by DHL

QCOSTARICA - At 9:12 pm Wednesday, December 23, the first batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed in Costa Rica, on a flight DHL flight from Belgium. These are the first 9,750 doses of the drug developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Next week 11,700 more doses,...

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