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Traveller’s Tale: Costa Rica has reopened to travelers. Here’s what it’s like to visit

LONELY PLANET -  Twenty-one years ago, Costa Rica was the first country I had ever visited outside the United States. Since that first trip, I have been returning as a travel journalist and aficionado of the country. Arenal Volcano may not be spewing lava...

Arrival of the vaccine against covid-19 will not replace other measures against contagion

QCOSTARICA - The pace with which COVID-19 vaccines are being developed worries some people, who fear they are not safe products. Both Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), and Pedro González, vice minister of Health,...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 1,219 new case on Thursday; total now 128,231

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health reported for Thursday, November 19, 1,129 new cases of covid-19 in Costa Rica, for a total now of 128,231 cases. They are 109,302 Costa Ricans and 18,929 foreigners, of which 78,851 (61.5%) have recovered; and 47,781 actives. Hospitalized on Thursday...

American Airlines eliminates change fees in trips from Central America

QTRAVEL - American Airlines announced on Thursday, November 19, the immediate elimination of the US$200 fee for changing the ticket from Central and South America. Effective immediately, American Airlines is eliminating change fees for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy class tickets for...

State of the Nation report: “The situation was already fragile before the pandemic.”

QCOSTARICA - The evidence collected by the Programa Estado de la Nación (State of the Nation Program) in its latest report confirms that Costa Rica's socioeconomic conditions were delicate even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. The global health emergency only aggravated many of...

Nicaragua: A Holiday Season without Flights

TODAY NICARAGUA – Avianca, the Colombian based airline, has unintentionally become the only international airline to fly to and from Nicaragua. The rest of the airlines have now postponed until 2021 any return of their planes to the country’s skies. On Friday, November 14th, the...

Costa Rica reserves $84 million for purchase of covid-19 vaccines

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Costa Rica plans to invest US$84 million in the purchase of vaccines against covid-19 being developed by various pharmaceutical companies. “There is an estimate that the doses will cost US$11. So the total cost, which we estimate at the Treasury,...

107 years and two pandemics: The story of the Tico carpenter Juan Gabriel Hernández

QCOSTARICA -  In an orange armchair located next to the door of his house and in front of a window, Juan Gabriel Hernández Matamoros rests. On his left side, folded in half, is the newspaper that he just finished reading a few minutes ago and...

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...

Observatorio Ciudadano registers 2,786 COVID-19 deaths in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Observatorio Ciudadano of Nicaragua reported this Saturday, November 7, that the number of deaths related to COVID-19 reached 2,786 accumulated this week since the first case was reported last March. According to the Observatorio, made up of doctors and volunteers who...

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),...

Residential electicity rates cannot subsidize lowering in other sectors

QCOSTARICA - Companies of electric generation and distribution are unable to adjust service rates to households, in search of compensation for the drop in consumption in other sectors. Marco Cordero, Energy Intendant of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep), explained that the rate methodology does...

Epidemiologists assure that we’ve reached the peak, but descent will be very slow

QCOSTARICA - At the end of June, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revealed the projections of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington on the behavior of COVID-19 for the countries in the region. These projections indicated that...

Reduction of working hours for private sector would be extended for six more months

QCOSTARICA - With the objective of avoiding massive layoffs and more labor lawsuits, private sector workers who are working only part-time today due to the Covid-19 pandemic, would remain under this scheme for six more months as of December. That will be the case if...

Foreigners represent 14% of the patients treated for covid-19 in hospitals

QCOSTARICA - Of the 410,000 people with inquiries related to the new coronavirus at the medical centers of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), between March 6 and September 30, 14% were foreigners. The data were provided by the CCSS within the framework of...

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...

Ticos believe they are invincible against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Despite the thousands of daily infections and the possible collapse of health services, groups of Costa Ricans (Ticos) believe it convenient to meet friends and break social bubbles, as if there were no pandemic. After living seven months with the new coronavirus, many...

New Motto: “Costa Rica works and takes care of itself”

(QCOSTARICA) The "Stay at home" (Quedate en casa) that prevailed for more than five months of the pandemic, will take a turn in September. The new motto will be "Costa Rica works and takes care of itself." The latter is the name of the model...

Pandemic accelerates democratic decline in Central America

(QCOSTARICA) Curfews, attacks on the press, arbitrary detentions and minimization of the pandemic are all part of the fight against the new coronavirus in Central America that is rapidly undermining the region's shaky democratic stability. The leaders of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are using...

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...

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