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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Costa Rica

by rpetersen

In Costa Rica, as of March 19, 2020, there are 87 confirmed cases of Covid 19 (35 women and 52 men), and they are spread out in six out of the seven provinces of Costa Rica. There have been two deaths reported so far.

As part of the containment measures, the Costa Rican government closed its borders as of midnight on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Only Costa Rica citizens and foreigners who have residency or who have a pending residency application will be allowed to enter the country. Those that come will be obligated to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The government has ordered the cancellation of all public events and gatherings. All bars, nightclubs, movie theaters have been instructed to close to prevent the spread of the virus. The government is issuing sanitation violation orders to those establishments that do not comply with the mandate to close. These sanitation orders carry civil and criminal penalties for violation.

The population is being urged to stay at home as a preventive measure.  Public service ads such as the one here urges the population that staying at home is the responsible way to act. 
Up to date information is posted on the Facebook feed of the Office of the President at https://www.facebook.com/CasaPresidencia and at the Ministry of Health: https://www.facebook.com/msaludcr/


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