Costa Rica confirmed 37 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 1,194 cumulative known cases, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.
The 37 cases are the second-largest day-over-day increase Costa Rica has announced during the coronavirus crisis, trailing only yesterday’s 52.
Two more people have recovered from COVID-19, leaving Costa Rica with 687 total recoveries and 497 known active cases.
Ten people have died after contracting the coronavirus. Twenty-four people are hospitalized with COVID-19; five people are in intensive care.
Testing numbers have not increased significantly
The recent increase in active coronavirus cases does not correspond with an increase in testing.
Since Costa Rica began reporting daily testing totals in mid-April, it has averaged 377 tests per day. The country has averaged 335 daily tests over the last five days.
Costa Rica has processed a total of 28,296 diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 (414 more than Wednesday).
President Carlos Alvarado on Thursday applauded the Health Ministry’s contact-tracing efforts, which he says have helped Costa Rica identify and isolate coronavirus clusters.
More regional restrictions announced
An extended nighttime driving restriction will apply to the districts of Venecia (canton of San Carlos), and to La Rita and Roxana (canton of Pococí) starting June 5. In these regions, weeknight driving will be forbidden from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice.
The district of Los Chiles (in the canton of Los Chiles) is now under an orange alert. The expanded nighttime driving restrictions apply, in addition to restrictions on commercial businesses.
Click here for a full breakdown of the national and regional driving restrictions.
Active coronavirus cases in Costa Rica
The largest number of new cases on Thursday were recorded in the cantons of San Carlos (8), San Ramón (4), Upala (4) and San Pablo (4).
Datos actualizados al 04 de junio de 2020 sobre el COVID19 en Costa Rica.
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— Ministerio de Salud de Costa Rica (@msaludcr) June 4, 2020
The below chart was last updated June 1:
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 until May 12.
- 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.
- May 10: Costa Rica reports seventh COVID-19-related death.
- May 13: Costa Rica reports eighth COVID-19-related death.
- May 15: Costa Rica reports ninth and tenth COVID-19-related deaths.
- May 18: Costa Rica begins opening beaches and national parks.
- June 1: Costa Rica continues easing coronavirus measures.
- June 3: Costa Rica records largest day-over-day increase in cases.
Costa Rica is enforcing nationwide driving restrictions until June 20. Click here for full details.
If you believe you may have contracted the coronavirus or have questions regarding the virus, contact Costa Rican health authorities by dialing 1322.