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Health Authorities Reaffirms Need for Covid Testing at Borders

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The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, emphasized today in a press conference the sanitary relevance of the controls that the country instructed since this Monday, May 18, to prevent national infections by COVID-19, caused by carriers that enter national soil, either as final destination or transit.

The Minister indicated that 38 of registered infections correspond to carriers or primary or secondary contacts. The risk is such that only one of those cases managed to infect 18 people.

50 were diagnosed as positive at the border and their entry was prevented, however, in the national territory there are 11 carriers who arrived prior to the government directive or who were not received by Nicaragua when diagnosed with COVID-19 at the border and not being Nicaraguan.

“The data makes the sanitary measure evident and urgent. We are committed to the well-being of Costa Ricans and we will take the necessary measures for this protection. Clearly, it is not our intention to cut regional trade, therefore I appreciate the valuable work that COMEX conducts in dialogue with its Central American peers, in order to advance solutions, “stressed the Health Minister.

For her part, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, stated that “we continue to work in dialogue with the Costa Rican private sector to find mechanisms to address health risk and ensure the continuity of trade. I want to emphasize that Costa Rica has not closed the borders or closed the dialogue with the region, “he added.

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