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Photos: Costa Rica facing the coronavirus pandemic

March 17, 2020

Costa Rica on Monday declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the measures enacted by Costa Rica to slow the spread of COVID-19 are bans on mass gatherings, borders closed to foreign tourists, and instructions to work from home whenever possible.

Here are scenes from Costa Rica as it faces the coronavirus pandemic.

Costa Rica taxis
View of taxis parked in San Jose on March 16, 2020. Taxi drivers have reported long waits for riders as people are encouraged to stay home. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)
Carlos Alvarado
President Carlos Alvarado attends an emergency meeting to plan Costa Rica's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Via Casa Presidencial.
School disinfected due to COVID-19
A worker uses a spray to disinfect the Reverend Francisco Schmitz School from Coronavirus, in San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 12, 2020. Schools in Costa Rica will be closed through mid-April. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)
Central Market disinfected
A worker disinfects the central market in the face of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)
Costa Rica coronavirus sights
View of a sign at a pharmacy reading "Sold out: masks - gel alcohol, apologies" in San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 16, 2020. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)
Health workers ask Costa Ricans to stay home
Health workers at the Children's Hospital ask citizens to "Stay home: help us." Via CCSS.

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