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Ortega says he’s got the virus under control!

(TODAY NICARAGUA) On Sunday, July 22, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega made a rare appearance, at which he announced that the country’s death toll was low and that the pandemic had not affected Nicaragua’s health system – as had happened in “capitalist” countries. Ortega said agricultural...

The data speak: Stronger pandemic response yields better economic recovery

In a March 2020 article by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), the study using data from the flu pandemic that swept the U.S. in 1918-1919, finds cities that acted more emphatically to limit social and civic interactions had more economic growth following the...

Ten cantons at “unprecedented risk” from COVID-19 and winter

(QCOSTARICA) This year, a group of cantons in the country will have to take extreme measures to safeguard their population from the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergencies associated with the rainy season. According to an investigation by the State of the Nation Program (PEN), said...

Costa Rican coffee may go unharvested as pandemic creates migrant worker shortage

(Reuters) - Coffee connoisseurs across the world prize Costa Rica’s gourmet beans, but local farmers warn that if a coronavirus-induced foreign labor shortage is not resolved soon, the raw material used to make countless lattes and espressos could spoil on the bush. The prospect of...

Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry

(CNN) — In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving one mile across the Peace Bridge over the Niagara River. But that's now a forbidden route. In the coronavirus era, New York residents and out-of-state...

San Jose In Pandemic Mode (Photos)

Photos from social networks depict daily pandemic life in Costa Rica's capital, San Jose.  

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...

7 out of 10 in Costa Rica reduced food consumption due to the pandemic crisis

(QCOSTARICA) Seven out of ten in Costa Rica had to reduce or eliminate the consumption of foods that are not of basic necessity, as part of the measures to face the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is revealed by a survey carried out...

Peru unveils phase-two economic reopening despite ongoing pandemic

(Q24N) Peru's President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday announced the second phrase of its economic reopening amid the country's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which registered 4,284 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours. Vizcarra made the announcement after the council of ministers approved his presidential...

No Signs of Normality in Latin America After Coronavirus Lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown is wreaking havoc on many economies, and in several Latin American countries, the curve seems far from flattening out. What are the challenges of returning to normal in Colombia and Latin America? When will we see a vaccine? What challenges await...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 725 confimed cases; 48.9% recovered

This Friday, May 1, the Ministry of Health, confirmed 725 cases of the covid-10, 6 more compared to the day before. Of them 651 are nationals and 74 foreigners; by ages 687 are adults (38 of whom are seniors) and 38 minors. According to Rodrigo Marín,...

New coronavirus in Costa Rica: 713 infections; country reached capacity for 2,500 daily tests

The number of covid-19 reached 713 cases in Costa Rica this Wednesday, April 29, with the addition of eight new patients, over the 705 cases on Tuesday According to data from the Ministry of Health, there are 340 women and 373 men, between 1 and...

Who’s Afraid of Coronavirus? (¿Quién teme al coronavirus?)

We are living in a period of time that seems to be taken out of a science fiction book. A pandemic that has paralyzed the planet and a good part of humanity locked up in our homes, while the economies of an unsustainable global...

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how fragile everyday life is

Moments of social disruption are a valuable reminder that so much of what we take for granted — our sense of normalcy — isn’t necessarily normal at all. The breakdown of the ordinary forces us to confront the ideas and expectations that lie at the...

Fourth death by covid-19 in Costa Rica: 84-year-old man dies in San Juan de Dios Hospital

An 84-year-old man became the fourth fatality in Costa Rica on Wednesday of covid-19. The resident of San José initially entered the Hospital Nacional de Geriatría (National Geriatric Hospital), diagnosed with the respiratory virus disease on April 1. Four days later he was transferred to...

Ex-Minister of Health Maria Luisa Avila: pandemic of covid-19 is not comparable with AH1N1

Neither influenza AH1N1 is comparable to SARS-CoV-2, the respiratory virus responsible for covid-19, nor the way the conditions were managed in the pandemic that hit the world in 2009 can be compared to those that surprised the planet 11 years later. The former Health Minister,...

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...

Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica through the San Juan River, despite the closure of borders

In boats of up to 50 people, Nicaraguans try to enter Costa Rica, that keeps its borders closed to them and all foreigners that are not residents. Through the Sarapiquí area in Costa Rica, many Nicaraguans have tried to enter Costa Rica illegally, despite restrictions...

Despite COVID-19, Nicaraguan Government continues to promote massive activities

Despite the recommendations of the different international health authorities in the face of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Nicaragua continues without decreeing sanitary measures such as social isolation, closure of public places and borders, or suspension of the school year. Quite to the...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Are We Headed For Lockdown?

With some 30 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed on Thursday and I am expecting a similar number to be announced today at the noon covid-19 briefing, that could see the number of positive cases reach 300 by the Sunday, if not sooner, will...

Where Is Daniel in Times of Covid-19?

The silence and total absence of Daniel Ortega during coronavirus pandemic and government action to promote open borders and tourism, and the limited information provided by the authorities, is questioned by many Nicaraguans. Daniel Ortega has been silent and absent since the coronavirus pandemic Without voicing...

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

Rico's TICO BULL - As the new coronavirus (covid-19) has spread in Costa Rica, and around the world, in the past month many people are seeking supplies and essential items to cope with the pandemic. One of those items is toilet paper! Perhaps the worst...

Will warmer weather stop the spread of coronavirus?

As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease. US president Donald Trump echoed this, saying: “The heat, generally speaking, kills this...

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