The Government of the Republic announced this Thursday at a press conference the preventive measures that will be carried out this weekend in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, indicated that in reinforcement of all the measures announced in previous days, cinemas, theaters, and shopping centers will be closed at 50% of their capacity.
As of today, March 19, there are 87 cases confirmed by COVID-19, with an age range of 2 to 87 years. There are 35 women and 52 men, of whom 79 are Costa Rican and 8 foreigners.
Adjusted data records positive cases in 23 cantons (plus one unknown) from six provinces, plus: San José, Heredia, Guanacaste, Alajuela, Cartago and Limón added to the list. Puntarenas continues without cases. By age we have: 73 adults, 7 older adults and 7 minors. At this time 951 people have been discarded.
Five people are hospitalized, two of them in intensive care, since yesterday the unfortunate death of the older adult of 87 who was hospitalized in a delicate condition in the Hospital of Alajuela was recorded. The older adult was also hypertensive. He had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 13.
Today there are six contagion conglomerates, in addition to the isolated cases that are related to a trip. There are six cases where its epidemiological link is investigated.
The Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, announced the implementation of mega operations throughout the national territory to ensure compliance with the measures to restrict entry to border posts and other actions to prevent crowds.
“We are going to carry out a very aggressive mega-operation focused on the enforcement of sanitary orders and all the police forces will participate. All this while continuing to attend to reports of criminal activity, ”said the Security hierarch.
For her part, the Vice President of the Republic, Epsy Campbell, maintained that “we must be vehement: this is not a game. Violating the health order constitutes a crime punishable by imprisonment for 1 to 3 years or a fine of 50 to 200 days, according to article 277 of the penal code. Anyone who is aware of a violation of a health order must immediately report it to the authorities. ”
SANITARY ORDERS REPORT: 310 Costa Ricans at 10 am on Thursday and 17 residents at all border posts. 7 flights and 2 ships are reported.
In addition, 181 sanitary orders issued by the Public Force to commercial premises and bars that have continued to operate have not complied with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
A person detained for breach of a sanitary order is reported, who is an administrator of a bar who refused to comply with the sanitary instructions.
The Minister of Communication, Nancy Marín, pointed out the importance of informing herself through official media and thanked the press for the work they have been doing in covering COVID-19. “Disinformation and false news expose the population, that is why I appreciate the rigorous exercise of the press to truthfully verify and inform people.” He also made the announcement of the cancellation of face-to-face press conferences at the Presidential House and the implementation of a virtual system to attend to inquiries from the press to respect the instructions of the Ministry of Health and protect people’s health.
The authorities insist on making a call to citizen responsibility for compliance with the protection measures dictated by the Ministry of Health: protocols for sneezing and coughing as well as for handwashing. Likewise, social distancing measures such as avoiding greetings from physical contact and staying in their homes were another of the authorities’ reminders to citizens.