The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reported an additional 423 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the outbreak total to 9969.

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Positive cases are counted in 81 cantons. Cases broken down by age include– 8111 adults, 512 older adults and 1240 minors, 100 are under investigation.

2818 recovered people are registered in 79 cantons. The recovered cases have an age range of zero to 94 years, of which 1235 are women and 1583 are men, by age we have: 2204 adults, 123 older adults, 427 minors and 64 are under investigation.

211 people are hospitalized, 38 of them in intensive care with an age range of six to 83 years.

Five additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 47.

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Health officials say in an effort to prevent the capacity of our health system from being exceeded, as well as to contain the virus and contact trace, mainly in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), this Friday, the Government of the Republic detailed the new measures that will be implemented from Monday, July 20 to July 31, inclusive, as part of the “hammer and dance” strategy against COVID-19.

  • Vehicle restriction in all cantons with orange alert will be from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm and it returns to the usual dynamics of license plate restriction.
  • Seven cantons will drop from orange alert to yellow alert (Alvarado, Bagaces, Carrillo, Golfito (except the Pavón district), Puriscal, Talamanca and Zarcero).
  • The Nicoya canton and the Agua Buena and Sabalito districts of the Coto Brus canton go up from yellow alert to orange alert.
  • The compulsory use of masks is extended to bus stops and public transport will be able to operate regularly throughout the country, respecting sanitary measures.
  • Home service may work in any modality.
  • All the productive activities of non-face-to-face care will be able to function regularly, with strict compliance with protocols and sanitary measures, throughout the country, whether on yellow or orange alert.
  • Measures will apply from this Monday 20 to July 31, inclusive.