By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Costa Rica Government announced today stronger sanitary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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This includes: Total closure of beaches throughout the country, obligatory closure of temples and religious services and loss of immigration status to those who leave the country.

“We reiterate that the government is doing everything possible to protect us, especially the most vulnerable populations, but there is an unavoidable responsibility of the people, we need each of you to continue doing your part. All at home, but older adults with much more reason at home, as far as possible without visits, only those necessary to supply them.

And, along these lines, in general we should try not to visit each other, not to have family gatherings and that technology allows us to communicate, “emphasized the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas.

“We are at a peak moment to reduce the impact of contagion in the country. Let us abide by the instructions of the health authorities and be responsible as citizens, help those who need it most and do not expose vulnerable people, “said the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado.

As of today, 158 positive cases for COVID-19 are registered, with an age range between 2 to 87 years. There are 68 women and 90 men, of whom 141 are Costa Rican and 17 foreigners.

Positive cases are registered in 30 cantons of seven provinces. By age there are: 135 adults, 16 older adults and 7 minors.

1,533 people have been discarded, 2 have been discharged, and two regrettable deaths are recorded, two Costa Rican men, both 87 years old.

Today, the Minister of Health appealed to the young adult population and the adult population between 25 and 55 years, which groups more than 70% of the cases. Although these age groups could face the disease without hospitalization or complications, they must remember the responsibility that covers us all, social distancing and hygiene measures, avoiding at all costs the possible transmission to older adults.

Nine people are hospitalized, three of them in intensive care.