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Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 10 new cases, 9 more recoveries

May 16, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 10 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 853 cumulative known cases, the Health Ministry announced Saturday afternoon.

Over the same period, nine more people recovered from COVID-19, leaving Costa Rica with 551 total recoveries and 292 known active cases.

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

Status of Costa Rica's coronavirus cases
Status of Costa Rica's coronavirus cases as of May 16, 2020. Tico Times graph.

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 19,401 diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 (746 more than Friday), which corresponds to 3,796 tests per 1 million people. The country has averaged 386 daily tests over the last five days.

Thirty-six truck drivers have been denied entry into Costa Rica — five more than Friday — after testing positive at the border, the Health Ministry said. (They are not included in Costa Rica’s tally of active or recovered cases.)

All arriving citizens are 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 has announced 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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