50 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Costa Rica. March 17, 2020

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As of today, March 17, there are 50 cases confirmed by COVID-19, with an age range of 10 to 87 years. There are 24 women and 26 men, of whom 44 are Costa Rican and 6 are foreigners.

Positive cases are registered in 19 cantons of five provinces: San José, Heredia, Guanacaste, Alajuela and Cartago. Puntarenas and Limón continue without cases.

By age we have: 40 adults, 6 older adults and 4 minors. At this time 720 people have been discarded.

With the aim of making the labor regulatory framework more flexible and protecting workers and companies, the Minister of Labor, Giannina Dinarte, is currently meeting in the Legislative Assembly with the heads of the fraction. In addition, the Ministry of Labor is preparing regulatory amendments to shorten the terms for the suspension of employment contracts.

To avoid the shortage in supermarkets, the restriction on the hours of entry of delivery trucks to the GAM was lifted, while the distribution of drinking water with tank trucks continues, said Alexánder Solís, Executive President of the CNE, who insists on calling the calm and rational use of water resources.

Along the same lines, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado, assured that both the MAG and the sector’s institutions are monitoring the behavior of markets and production flows. He emphasized that, at this time, the supply of grains and agricultural products is guaranteed on a regular basis, for which he made a call for solidarity and not to hoard food products.

Regarding patient care, the Executive President of the CCSS, Román Macaya reported that cases continue to be attended from the entire network of services of the entity, but, in line with expanding hospital capacity, the Center is being enabled National Rehabilitation (CENARE) as an extra space to serve the population COVID-19, starting next Friday, March 27, so all the logistics for its conditioning are carried out, while options are considered to continue with the care of people who require rehabilitation from other spaces.

Finally, and in compliance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, the President of the Costa Rican Soccer Federation, Rodolfo Villalobos, reported on the cancellation of the national soccer championship.

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