Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Thursday, January 18
Costa Rica’s coronavirus R value has dipped to its lowest level since April, according to analysis from the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
The UCR estimates the R value in Costa Rica at 0.810, the smallest figure since April 25. The R number describes how quickly a disease spreads, or how many people would get infected on average from one positive person.
An R number of less than one suggests the number of newly infected people will decrease.
Costa Rica’s test-positive rate has also decreased, though it remains high. According to criteria published by the World Health Organization in May, a positive rate of less than 5% is one indicator that the epidemic is under control in a country.
As of January 27, Costa Rican authorities have reported 2,584 deaths related to Covid-19, including double-digit deaths in 27 of the last 30 days.
466 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, including 185 people in intensive care. This represents 52% of Costa Rica’s maximum ICU capacity.
Costa Rica will continue to enforce coronavirus measures in February. You can read a summary of those here.
The below graphic updates automatically as the Health Ministry releases new coronavirus data:
If you believe you have COVID-19, contact Costa Rica’s hotline at 1322. English-speaking staff and mental health professionals are available. Visit the Costa Rican Presidency for the official list of coronavirus measures and alerts.
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