By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Costa Rica report 113 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases as of Friday.
Positive cases have been reported in 27 cantons (plus seven unknown) in six provinces: San José, Heredia, Guanacaste, Alajuela, Cartago and Limón. Puntarenas continues without cases. Caeas were reported in 97 adults, 9 older adults and 7 minors.
Six people are hospitalized, two of them in intensive care. As of Friday, there are two deaths, two Costa Rican men, both 87 years old, one of them was hypertensive and the other had a history of vascular origin.
In addition, the first cases of patients recovered after facing COVID-19 were announced at a press conference this Friday by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas. This is the couple of foreigners who were in isolation, who have already been discharged and have the guarantee to leave the country.
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. ”
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