The authorities of Costa Rica have counted until this Sunday a total of 660 cases of COVID-19, of which 112 have already been recovered, and announced that tests carried out at sentinel centers in the interior of the country were negative.
Costa Rica detected the first case on March 6 and its authorities assure that the community contagion has not yet been confirmed, since about 95% of the cases have the identified epidemiological link.
In the last 24 hours, Costa Rica accounted for only 5 new cases of the virus, which the Ministry of Health attributes to the strong measures to restrict circulation that were in force during Holy Week, since in that period people kept their mostly at home.
The Health Minister, Daniel Salas, reiterated this Sunday that the world is going through a “historical moment” and that the population must get used to “a different way of life” in which social distancing, the change of some customs and strengthening of hygienic measures.
Official data indicates that of the 660 infected there are already 112 recovered and that the majority have presented mild symptoms that have not required hospitalization.
Currently, there are 15 people hospitalized, 10 of them in intensive care units.
In total, Costa Rica has ruled out 7,142 suspected cases.
As part of the surveillance, the Ministry of Health established 14 sentinel sites in various areas of the country to carry out tests to study the behavior of the virus.
This week 141 tests for the coronavirus were conducted at these sentinel sites and all were negative.
This weekend, the Government also began to deposit the first 33,000 subsidies for people who have lost their jobs or have had their working hours reduced due to the pandemic, through bank accounts.
The Government and banks have also set up bank accounts for the population to donate money so that the National Emergency Commission can buy food and cleaning supplies for the affected families.
Numerous signs of solidarity have also appeared in the country from organizations and foundations that seek to assist people living in poverty or unemployment in the context of the pandemic,
One of these organizations is the Fundación Ayúdanos a Ayudar, which this weekend has delivered food to dozens of people in San José.
Since mid-March, Costa Rica closed its borders for the entry of foreigners, suspended the school year and massive events. In addition, it ordered the closure of places such as bars, clubs, parks, national parks, beaches, among others, and a fine for those who fail to comply with the orders.
The Government has not established a mandatory quarantine, except for people returning from abroad, but it has ordered a series of restrictions on the movement of vehicles according to time bands and license plate numbers.
The Minister of Health has recognized that many people need to go out to work and has asked them to take extreme hygiene measures and keep their distance from other people.