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Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 66% of total cases have recovered

May 18, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed three new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 866 cumulative known cases, the Health Ministry announced Monday afternoon.

Over the same period, 10 more people recovered from COVID-19, leaving Costa Rica with 575 total recoveries and 281 known active cases.

Costa Rica coronavirus breakdown May 18 2020
Costa Rica coronavirus breakdown on May 18, 2020. Tico Times graph.

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

Costa Rica has processed a total of 20,352 diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 (237 more than Sunday), which corresponds to 3,982 tests per 1 million people. The country has averaged 393 daily tests over the last five days.

Fifty truck drivers have been denied entry into Costa Rica — four more than Sunday — 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 and began opening national parks and beaches Monday.

If you believe you may have contracted the coronavirus or have questions regarding the virus, contact Costa Rican health authorities by dialing 1322.

Active coronavirus cases in Costa Rica

Click a blue marker for more information. We are updating this map with Monday’s data.

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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