Coronavirus in Costa Rica: Country surpasses 400 recoveries
Costa Rica confirmed 13 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 755 cumulative known cases, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday afternoon.
Over the same period, 14 more people recovered from COVID-19, leaving Costa Rica with 413 total recoveries and 336 active cases. The data mean Costa Rica has registered its 19th-straight day-over-day decrease in known active coronavirus cases.
Twelve of the new cases were identified in individuals who are being apprehended for having an irregular immigration status in Costa Rica, according to the Health Ministry.
Six people have died after contracting the coronavirus, and 17 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 or complications. Five of them are in intensive care with an age range of 57 to 75 years old.
Below is a map of active cases by canton. Click on a blue marker for more information, including total cumulative cases and recoveries for that location.
Costa Rica has processed a total of 14,121 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 (133 more than Sunday), which corresponds to 2,763 tests per 1 million people.
The country can conduct up to 2,500 tests each day. Over the past five days, Costa Rica has averaged 118 tests per day.
Costa Rica tests everyone who qualifies as a suspected coronavirus case, according to Health Minister Daniel Salas. In addition, the country conducts 200 sentinel tests each week on samples collected across the country.
For a person to qualify as clinically recovered, he or she must test negative twice from samples taken at least 24 hours apart.
On Friday, Costa Rica began lifting some of its coronavirus restrictions. If the country continues avoiding a rapid rise in cases, it will further ease measures in mid-May. However, the Health Ministry has indicated some regulations will remain until a vaccine or successful treatment for SARS-CoV-2 becomes widely available.
If you believe you may have contracted the coronavirus or have questions regarding the virus, contact Costa Rican health authorities by dialing 1322.
Timeline of COVID-19 in Costa Rica
- March 6: Costa Rica confirms first COVID-19 case.
- March 9: Costa Rica suspends mass gatherings, tells employees to work from home.
- March 16: Costa Rica declares State of Emergency, restricts entry to non-citizens
- and non-residents. In-person teaching suspended.
- March 18: Costa Rica reports first COVID-19-related death.
- March 20: Costa Rica reports second COVID-19-related death. All national parks close.
- March 23: Beaches and religious centers ordered to close. Nighttime driving ban announced.
- March 31: Costa Rica inaugurates coronavirus-specific hospital at CENARE.
- April 4-12: Costa Rica imposes significant travel restrictions during Semana Santa.
- April 15: Costa Rica reports fourth COVID-19-related death.
- April 17: Costa Rica registers first day-over-day decrease in known active coronavirus cases. This trend continues for the next two weeks.
- April 19: Costa Rica reports fifth COVID-19-related death.
- April 20: Costa Rica reports sixth COVID-19-related death.
- May 1: Costa Rica begins easing coronavirus measures.
Costa Rica is enforcing nationwide driving restrictions through May 15. Click here for full details.
Most flights between the U.S. and Costa Rica have ceased, but United Airlines will resume limited commercial service in early May. Click here for more details.
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