Covid-19 alert. Cancellation of Mass Events Costa Rica  

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In the case of nine confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health in coordination with the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the entities that participate in the COE reported today that tomorrow the events and activities of mass concentration are canceled , both free and paid, while presidential directive instructs teleworking for public institutions. The objective of all these actions is to mitigate the transmission of the virus.

The cancellation of events applies by decree for any activity of high concentration of people (whether organized for commercial or free purposes), such as concerts, stops, carnivals, public shows, cantonal parties, among others. In addition, special measures are applied for activities such as cinemas, theaters and sporting events. So far, religious and educational activities are not suspended. The decree will be released today through its publication in the Gazette, which details the type of event and restrictions that apply to it.

Along these lines, representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce held a meeting with the organizers of events, in order to inform and coordinate actions in this regard, coinciding in the importance of protecting the health of the population and the safeguarding of the lives of those at risk.

On telecommuting in the public sector, the Minister of Labor, Geannina Dinarte, deepened that the Presidential Guideline instructs the heads of each institution, in coordination with the headquarters, to take the necessary measures to implement teleworking in all positions teleworkers, as well as coordinate with the teleworkers the conditions for carrying out their work. The guideline urges the private sector to take similar measures.

In addition, Dinarte and the President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Román Macaya, explained that they will issue guidelines to regulate due disabilities in the case of isolation, whether they are suspected or confirmed cases.

To date there are 9 confirmed, 22 suspects and 35 discarded. Confirmed cases are registered in San José, Heredia, Guanacaste and Alajuela:

  1. 49-year-old woman, American.
  2. 49-year-old man, husband of the American. Continue asymptomatic.
  3. 54-year-old man, Costa Rican, who remains in a delicate condition.
  4. 73 year old woman, Costa Rican, 54 year old man contact.
  5. 41 year old woman, Costa Rican, 54 year old man contact.
  6. 54 year old woman, Costa Rican, 54 year old man contact.
  7. Woman of 56 years, Costa Rican, contact of man of 54 years.
  8. 34 year old man, Costa Rican, 54 year old man contact.
  9. 70-year-old American woman, resident in our country, with a recent travel record to the United States, passing through two airports in that country.

In this way six Costa Ricans and three Americans have been confirmed. All isolated in residential homes or medical centers and with full monitoring by the health authorities.

For her part, the Minister of Education emphasized that the lessons are not suspended at the national level, however, she clarified that in the case of the Reverend Francisco Schmitz School in the Porvenir de Desamparados, where an incident associated with a case is recorded Confirmed from COVID-19, a health order was received from the Ministry of Health to suspend the lessons for 10 days and to carry out the thorough cleaning of the educational center. The school has 592 students and 48 staff.

In this regard, the Minister of Health clarified that the international data are clear that COVID-19 has a slight impact on children under 12, however, in coordination with the MEP, the necessary sanitary measures are carried out to protect the entire population. School and administrative.

On another issue, the Executive President of AyA, Yamileth Astorga, announced a series of measures to improve the distribution of water resources, including the injection of an additional 100 liters per second for the metropolitan aqueduct and the installation of 20 storage tanks for the most critical areas.

The Minister of Health reiterated in frequent and conscious handwashing, as well as the sneeze protocol. The chief concluded that the emergency approach requires the joint work of the institutions with each of the citizens, who must be responsible for self-care measures.

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