The Costa Rican Health authorities reported on Tuesday that they diagnosed 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours for a total of 483, which continues to reflect a slow growth rate, while the country continues to acquire protective material and tests. .
The Health Minister, Daniel Salas, said in a video conference call that since March 6, when the first case was diagnosed, 24 people have recovered and two have died (both men are 87 years old), in addition to 5,042 tests have been negative.
As of today there are 25 people hospitalized, of which 14 are in intensive care units.
The numbers continue to reflect that after a month of diagnosis of the first case in the country, the rate of infection remains slow, mortality and the percentage of hospitalization low, as well as an increasing number of recovered people.
Despite this, the authorities emphasized that the guard should not be lowered in the coming weeks to avoid a massive contagion, so they reiterated the need for the population to take extreme hygienic measures, stay at home as much as possible and abide by the preventive and restrictive measures ordered by the Government.
PROTECTION FOR HEALTH PERSONNEL
The president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Román Macaya, congratulated workers in the sector on World Health Day and highlighted the investment that has made the country throughout its history in the network of public health services and in the specialization of its personnel.
In the midst of the pandemic, Macaya said that logistics have been difficult to acquire protection materials and devices for health personnel.
In this sense, he announced that Costa Rica seeks self-sufficiency and that an example of this is the purchase from a local company of 600,000 face protection masks that are valued at about a dollar each.
There are also initiatives in the country by public universities to manufacture low-cost protective masks and respirators for patients.
In addition, the Government announced the arrival in the country of a donation of 26,000 diagnostic tests by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) also reported that it manages the transportation of charter air cargo to bring personal protection supplies donated by China and valued at about $ 830,000 in the coming weeks.
The cargo is about 55 tons, including N-95 respirators, gowns, mono-goggles or safety glasses and gloves.
In addition, the CCSS indicated that it is about to make a new purchase for $ 3.7 million in N-95 respirators and safety glasses.
Since mid-March Costa Rica closed its borders for the entry of foreigners, suspended the school year and massive events, including the religious activities of Holy Week.
In addition, it ordered the closure of places such as bars, clubs, parks, national parks, beaches, among others and is fining those who do not comply with the orders.
The Government has not established a mandatory quarantine, except for people returning from abroad, but it has ordered a restriction on the movement of vehicles according to the license plate number during the day and total number at night.
From Wednesday to Sunday April 12, the restriction will be total and only traffic will be allowed to go to the supermarket or to a pharmacy.