October 27, 2020

Costa Rica counts 705 cases and works to improve virtual education



Until Tuesday, Costa Rica recorded 705 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, eight more in the last 24 hours, and the authorities announced that they are working to improve virtual and distance education coverage for 1 million students.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that those infected with the pathogen causing the COVID-19 disease are 632 adults, 38 older adults and 35 minors. There are 16 hospitalized patients, of which eight are in intensive care units.

In a virtual press conference, the executive president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Román Macaya, stressed that one of the new cases is an older adult in a nursing home, which is why the authorities are already working intensively on executing all protection measures.

“It is in good condition, but the CENARE hospital (conditioned to attend only COVID-19 cases) was taken as a precaution and all screening measures will be taken at home, both for older adults and staff,” Macaya stated.

Since the first case was detected on March 6, Costa Rica has added a total of 306 patients who have recovered, 8,356 cases discarded and six people dead.

ACTIONS IN EDUCATION

The Ministry of Public Education revealed that it works to strengthen the distance learning strategy “I learn at home” with technological tools to reach more than 1 million students throughout the national territory.

“We must move forward in connected homes and equity in the use of the internet in the country. For years we have been carrying out some work and, in view of this emergency situation, we need to make progress on connectivity and improve access in the educational service, but also from the homes “, expressed the Minister of Education, Guiselle Cruz.

The minister recognized that there are currently technological gaps and that is why the distance education strategy also promotes reaching students by other means, including printed materials, radio and television.

In addition, the authorities reported the creation of a team to assess the gradual and controlled return to face-to-face classes in the medium term, in accordance with the strictest prevention protocols and when health conditions allow.

“We can now focus on this next step, thanks to the positive response of the educational communities (teachers, students and families) to the call to work virtually, or by other remote means,” said Cruz.

The Government of Costa Rica announced on Monday the limited return of some activities due to the fall in the COVID-19 case curve, but warned that it will be constantly evaluating the behavior of infections.

From May 1 and during the week, from 5:00 to 19:00, gyms, contactless sports centers and swimming schools will be able to open at 25% of their capacity and by appointment.

Restaurants, beauty salons and other small businesses can operate at 50% of their capacity and during restricted hours, while supermarkets, pharmacies and banks operate with hygiene and non-crowding measures.

Bars, discos, churches, casinos, as well as beaches, parks, national parks and borders for foreigners will remain completely closed.

The school year, concerts and massive events are still suspended.

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