January 28, 2022

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Costa Rica on alert for an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases

Costa Rica on alert for an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases

The country recorded 4 thousand and 50 new cases of the disease, Tuesday, which is the maximum number confirmed in a single day since March 2020, when the epidemic began on Costa Rican soil, according to a report by the Ministry of Health.

The report, which was posted on that portfolio’s website, states that with new positives for SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the disease, Costa Rica is adding 595,000,795 confirmed cases in just over 22 months into the pandemic.

For health authorities and researchers, the growth of new cases is directly related to the spread of the Omicron variant in the country of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is much more contagious than all previous cases, and experts have already predicted that half of the cases will be infected by Europeans in the next two months.

On the other hand, Costa Rica recorded 21 deaths due to Covid-19 in the first week of 2022, an increase of 200 percent compared to the last in 2021, when there were seven cases, the Ministry of Health indicated.

That group’s weekly report on behavior in the country of Covid-19 identifies that of the 21 deaths, 76.2 per cent were in the age group 65 and over; 14.3 percent are between 50 and 64 years old; 9.5 percent were between 18 and 49 years old, while there were no deaths among minors.

In the previous week they reported 14 thousand 628 new positives for SARS-CoV-2, an increase of 332 percent compared to the same previous period, when there were three thousand 385. Two thousand 90, he points out.

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Due to the significant increase in new cases, the government decided to implement rapid and concrete measures to meet the challenge of the speed of infection posed by the variable, which made the infection peaks in the countries of Europe and North America five times higher. ..

This means resuming health measures such as restrictions on vehicles, reducing capacity in public institutions, and banning mass events and fans in stadiums.

For this reason, during the night of Tuesday, agents of the public force and the traffic police carried out a health operation as part of the government’s efforts to reduce infections with the Covid-19 virus, which was exacerbated with the arrival of the Omicron variant in the country.

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