Costa Rica is easing coronavirus measures throughout most of the country, even as the number of cases continues to rise.
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Costa Rica pursues treatment
Authorities this week declared that the Clodomiro Picado Institute’s efforts to find coronavirus treatments are of national interest.
The Clodomiro Picado Institute, part of the University of Costa Rica, will continue developing two potential medications to treat COVID-19.
One is based on human antibodies extracted from the purified convalescent plasma of recovered patients, and the other is based on equine antibodies from horses injected with SARS-CoV-2 proteins.
At least four patients with the coronavirus in Costa Rica have already been treated with convalescent plasma, health authorities said.
“It is still early to analyze statistics on the efficacy of the treatment, but the signs have generally been very positive,” said the president of the Costa Rican Social Security System, Román Macaya.
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Founded in 1970, the Clodomiro Picado Institute typically focuses on the research and development of snake antivenoms.
Restaurants reopen on weekend
Costa Rica lifted more coronavirus measures in June, including the reopening of several national parks and allowing small gatherings at event halls.
Saturday and Sunday, for the first time in weeks, restaurants can remain open for in-person dining. They must follow strict sanitary protocols that include limiting capacity to 50%.
“If we are going out, let’s take care of ourselves and follow the protocols of the Health Ministry,” said President Carlos Alvarado. “We can support local commerce and revive our regional economy, but with all precautions.”
While Costa Rica is generally lifting restrictions, stricter measures apply to several districts in the country’s north.