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Coronavirus in Costa Rica: Health Ministry announces 15 new cases, 8 more recoveries

Costa Rica confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 830 cumulative known cases, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.

Over the same period, eight more people recovered from COVID-19, leaving Costa Rica with 535 total recoveries and 287 known active cases.

The 15 new cases are the largest day-over-day increase since April 16. Four correspond with Costa Ricans who arrived this week on a repatriation flight from Spain; nine correspond to a migrant detention center in San Francisco de Heredia

Eight people have died after contracting the coronavirus, most recently on Wednesday. Seventeen people are hospitalized with COVID-19; four are intensive care.

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 18,388 diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 (348 more than Wednesday), which corresponds to 3,598 tests per 1 million people. The country has averaged 244 daily tests over the last five days.

Twenty-three truck drivers have been denied entry into Costa Rica — four more than Wednesday — after testing positive at the border, the Health Ministry said. The country requires that all merchandise carriers be tested and remain at the border until receiving their results.

All arriving citizens are also tested for the coronavirus and must complete a 14-day home isolation.

Costa Rica has extended its border restrictions, banning foreign visitors until June 15. The government announced Monday a timeline for reopening the country; the plan includes opening beaches and national parks in limited capacity.

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

Costa Rica is enforcing nationwide driving restrictions until June 1. Click here for full details.

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