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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...

Nicaragua, the safest country to travel in the region despite Covid-19: Study

TODAY NICARAGUA – A study based on data from the WHO and the University of Oxford placed Nicaragua as one of the “10 safest countries to travel in the world” despite the pandemic. The study prepared by the biomedical engineer Manuel Aguilar with information from...

These are the new sanitary measures that will be applied in May

QCOSTARICA - At the press conference from Casa Presidencial that started more than 15 minutes this afternoon, the government announced new sanitary measures that will be applied for the rest of this month of May, aimed at curbing the exponential increase in covid-19 cases,...

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...

Government does not plan to announce expansion of restrictive measures

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Carlos Alvarado confirmed on Friday that it does not plan to announce the expansion of the restrictive measures that are applied in the Central Valley from Monday, May 3 to tomorrow, Sunday, May 9. If so, non-essential businesses such as...

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...

Will the new wave of COVID-19 infection threaten Costa Rica tourist recovery?

QCOSTARICA - Will the current wave of covid-19 infections cost Costa Rica's recovery of its already battered tourism? Will the wave of infections and scarcity of hospital beds due to an oversaturation of medical services be met with tourist hesitancy as the spread of the...

San Jose and Central Valley woke up this morning to closures and vehicular restrictions

QCOSTARICA - Due to the increase in covid infections in the middle of the third pandemic wave, the Government ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in the central area of the country from today, Monday, May, 3 to Sunday, May 9. Exceptions will apply to...

Schools and colleges will remain open because “they do not produce an increase in cases.”

QCOSTARICA - Public and private schools will remain open despite the critical moment of the covid-19 pandemic facing the country. The decision, announced on Thursday by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, was based on the fact that the return of students to classrooms, on...

‘The party can wait,’ says the CCSS in social media campaign

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is using social media to get the message home, to stay at home in the face of an increase in massive events, attended in the majority by younger people, and one of the reasons for...

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...

New vehicle restrictions apply starting Tuesday, here’s what you should know

QCOSTARICA - As announced on Saturday, the new vehicular restrictions will go into effect tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27. Here is what you should know. The nighttime vehicular restrictions begin at 9:00 pm, instead of 11 pm, and run until 5:00 am. The restriction is from Monday to...

Costa Rica tightens vehicle restriction this Tuesday as beds for intensive care are scarce

Correction: The nighttime vehicle restrictions are from 9 pm to 5 am. This article previously said that the "daytime" restrictions were from 9 pm to 5 am. QCOSTARICA - The Government announced this Saturday afternoon, April 24, a tightening of the sanitary vehicle restriction, to...

Today’s Coronavirus News: Friday record in ICU to covid-19 and the second highest number in daily cases

QCOSTARICA - This Friday, April 23, 2021, shortly after 6:00 pm, the Ministry of Health reported the second-highest number of covid-19 cases in a single day: 1,656. This number was surpassed with 1,776 the previous day. This was also the day that more people are...

Costa Rica breaks record: 1,776 covid-19 cases in a single day

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, April 22, was a record breaking day for covid-19 cases in Costa Rica when the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day, 1,776. This is the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the...

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...

Vehicle restrictions back this weekend!

QCOSTARICA - The sharp increase in the number of new daily cases of covid and people requiring hospitalization is the reason for the bringing back the vehicular restrictions on the weekends, explained Health Minister, Daniel Salas. Starting this weekend, Saturday, April 17, only vehicles with...

Government denies false news about alleged strict sanitary measures

QCOSTARICA - It is totally false that the Government has changed the sanitary measures, as claimed by disinformation messages circulating on social networks and messaging platforms. “No measure has been changed. The entire population is reminded that all information released by the Government is made...

Sexual activity in Colombia also took its toll due to the pandemic

QCOLOMBIA – Sexual activity in Colombia had negative effects as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. This was demonstrated by the results of the Profamilia Y-SHARE survey, taking int the reply of 2,444 people from 5 regions of the country. Likewise, it allowed knowing the...

Contagion rate increases to 1.45 and shows that the country is entering a ‘new pandemic wave’

QCOSTARICA - The contagion or "R" rate for this Monday in Costa Rica reached 1.45, according to the analysis carried out by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH). On Friday, April 9, the Hispanoamericana University (UH), reported an R rate of 0.83, the lowest value in the...

Spike in covid-19 cases could bring back the “hammer”

QCOSTARICA - The spike in cases of covid-19 in recent days set off the alarms and has the authorities analyzing the possibility of bringing back the "hammer". The situation is very worrying since while the week before last there were 2,743 new cases, during the...

National Police will monitor compliance with capacities and restriction of vehicles due to the increase in covid-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - The increase in covid-19 cases forces the Ministry of Security to intensify actions to verify compliance with sanitary measures. Daniel Calderón, director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), explained, during the press conference on Monday, that operations will be carried out to verify...

Government to compensate Liberia airport manager US$600K for pandemic losses

QCOSTARICA - Coriport, the company that manages the Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, claimed the State for compensation of US$600,000 dollars for the loss in income during the months in which the country's airports were closed to tourists in 2020,...

Bolsonaro compares quarantines to Maduro’s dictatorship

Q24N - Brasilia (EFE) The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said this Saturday that the country is experiencing a "dictatorship" due to the quarantines that some regions of the country have implemented to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 and compared with the...

What inspired digital nomads to flee America’s big cities may spur legions of remote workers to do the same

Q REPORTS - If one thing is clear about remote work, it’s this: Many people prefer it and don’t want their bosses to take it away. When the pandemic forced office employees into lockdown and cut them off from spending in-person time with their colleagues,...

Tourists can travel to the United States to get vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans and other nationals, with a valid United States visa can travel there to be vaccinated against covid-19, without fear of suffering possible subsequent sanctions, such as the cancellation of their visit document. This was confirmed by the United States Embassy in...

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...

Daniel Ortega Among “Worst Leaders” During the Pandemic

TODAY NICARAGUA – Calling people into the streets for a festive parade “Love in the Time of Covid-19” earned Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, top honors in the Washington Post’s list of “Worst Leaders” during the pandemic. An FSLN sympathizer...

Cross-Border Investigation: Tracking the Covid-19 Money

Q REPORTS - Central American governments allocated millions of dollars to attend the pandemic. In what and to whom did the money go? This is the question asked by various media in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico in coordination with the Centro Latinoamericano de...

Maduro Calls Brazil’s President “A Psychopath!”

Q24N - In a harsh tone, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, did not spare insults to his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, during a speech to the nation Sunday afternoon. Taking stock of the covid-19 pandemic in his country, Maduro fired: "It is a disaster,...

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