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PAHO urges countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers, insisting that they give a 'false sense of security', and asked not to place them at the center of travel policies. "PAHO does not recommend relying on laboratory...

PAHO: Costa Rica has the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in Central America

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) highlighted this Wednesday that COVID-19 cases are stabilizing in much of Central America, taking into account the figures reported in the last week. However, Carissa Etienne, the Director of PAHO, representative of the World Organization of Health...

WHO: The pandemic is “far from over”

QCOSTARICA - COVID-19 "is far from over," warned Maria Van Kerkhove, responsible for managing the pandemic at the World Health Organization (WHO). In an interview with AFP in Geneva, the American scientist urged people to be "mentally prepared", because the coronavirus "will be with us...

COVAX: Working for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

The vaccines pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, convened by CEPI GAVI and WHO, is speeding up the search for an effective vaccine for all countries. At the same time, it is supporting the building of manufacturing capabilities, and buying supply, ahead of time so that 2 billion...

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...

Bolsonaro threatens to withdraw Brazil from WHO

(Q24N) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday threatened to withdraw Brazil from the World Health Organization (WHO). Bolsonaro said Brazil will consider leaving the WHO unless it stops being a "partisan political organization." Earlier, the WHO showed an opposite view against Bolsonaro's efforts to lift lockdowns,...

WHO warns Latin American hospitals risk being overwhelmed by Covid-19 crisis

(AFP) The warning from the global health body came as a sister UN agency issued new guidelines for pandemic-hit airlines that reveal what flying might look like when passenger planes take to the skies again in earnest. The march of the illness across the Americas...

Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it

Official names have been announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) and the disease it causes. The official names are: Disease: Coronavirus disease  (COVID-19) Virus: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Why do the virus and the disease have different names? Viruses, and...

The covid19 Challenge: Returning to ‘normality’ without the emergence of infections and deaths:

The lifting of measures is starting to be seen in different countries, but not always with the best results. Singapore lifted its quarantine and opened borders. This Wednesday, Singapore health authorities reported that only this Tuesday there have been more infected than in all February...

Costa Rica Tourism Reports Few Cancellations Due To The Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA - Very few tourists, mainly pregnant women, have cancelled their trips to Costa Rica after the country was included in the list of nations with the Zika virus. In report by La Nacion, says the information was confirmed by the Minister of Tourism, Mauricio...

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