New Restrictions Go Into Effect Today in Costa Rica as Covid Numbers Rise

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The Costa Rican Government announced new restrictions that will go into effect as of this Tuesday, April 27, and through Sunday, May 16.

The main change has to do with transit restrictions, starting today the restriction will be in place starting at 9 p.m. ad through 5 a.m.

Commercial establishments will have to also close business by 9 p.m. in accordance with the transit restriction.

Transit restriction by plate numbers will continue to apply only once a week and only in the great metropolitan area.

Establishments are urged to continue enforcing sanitary measures including maintaining only 50% capacity and social distancing.

During the past few weeks Covid-19 cases have been on the rise, this Monday the Ministry of Health confirmed 4,310 new cases: 1,830 on Saturday, 1,277 on Sunday, and finally 1,203 on Monday. 743 people remain hospitalized, 328 of them in the intensive care unit.

The high number of cases and hospitalized patients put a strain on the Costa Rican health system. Only five beds are available in the critical care units of the different public hospitals in the country.

The spike in Covid-19 cases occurred a few days after Holy Week when a large number of people decided to vacation on the different beaches in the country and many disregarded sanitary measures attending large gatherings and breaking social bubbles.

The Ministry of Education informed that for the time being classes will continue in a presence-based modality since closing schools again will have a very bad impact on students’ education; authorities also affirm that children being back at schools is not causing the spike in cases, since most active patients are in average 38 years of age.

When it comes to vaccination, the country has applied over 700 thousand doses, close to 250 thousand people have already received the two doses of the vaccine.

The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has asked the United States Government to consider Costa Rica among the countries to receive vaccine donations.

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