Due to the accelerated increase in infected patients and deaths caused by the virus, the authorities of the Commission have ordered more rigorous
control measures to try to contain the spread of the virus, which are applied throughout the country. - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -































Published Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Fifteen cantons rise to Orange Alert
due to covid-19 cases spike


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission announced on Tuesday more changes in the areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.

According to the commission, the cantons in Orange Alert are:

Liberia in Guanacaste Province.

Pococí, Limón Central and Siquirres in Limón Province.

Pérez Zeledón in San José Province.

Belén and Flores in Heredia Province.

El Guarco and Oreamuno in Cartago Province.

Zarcero in Alajuela Province.

Corredores, Esparza, Golfito, Montes de Oro  and Osa in Puntarenas Province.

The updated list of cantons under Orange Alert can be read on the government's website under Covid-19/Alerta/Canton.

Due to the accelerated increase in infected patients and deaths caused by the virus this week, the authorities of the Commission have ordered more rigorous control measures to try to contain the spread of the virus, which are applied throughout the country.

Among these measures is the so-called ban-on-driving rule. It will apply throughout the country for all types of vehicles from Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.

On Dec. 31, the ban-on-driving rule applies from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. of the next day. During the day all vehicles are allowed to circulate, except vehicles with the last number of its plate being 7 and 8.

On Jan. 1st, Saturday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, Jan. 3, the ban-on- driving rule applies from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. of the next day. During the day all vehicles are allowed to circulate. But on Friday, during the day are now allowed vehicles with plates ending in 9 and 0.

As of Monday, Jan. 4, and throughout the month, the ban on driving will apply as follow:

On weekdays, the ban-on-driving-rules from Monday through Friday allow driving from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Vehicles are banned based on the last number of the vehicle plate number, as follows:

 • Monday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 1 or 2.

• Tuesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 3 or 4.

• Wednesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 5 or 6.

• Thursday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 7 or 8.

• Friday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 9 or 0.

On Saturdays, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. nationwide, vehicles with plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are banned.

On Sundays, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. nationwide, vehicles with plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are banned

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Covid-19/Alerta/Vehicular.

The new restrictions for businesses serving the public, such as restaurants, banks, shopping centers, tourist centers, among others, are listed on the government's website under Covid-19/Alerta/Establecimientos.

The Ministry of Health officials recommend for managers or business representatives with inquiries about the ban on driving during the weekday, business restrictions and guidelines to directly call them at (506) 2223-0333.

"The characteristics of the disease caused by covid-19 require that the health system and the entire population take radical measures to prevent the rapid transmission of the virus, avoid the saturation of health services in the coming weeks and avoid an increase in mortality," authorities said in its statement.

The covid-19 continues to spread quickly throughout the country, according to the latest statistics on the evolution of the virus provided by the ministry on Tuesday, as follow:

 • 1,037 new covid-19 cases are reported to bring the total to 33,654 current active cases.

 • 21,824 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 166,799 cases since March, approximately 13% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients. But since October, there is no updated information about foreign-born deaths due to covid-19.

 • 628 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 245 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 1 to 93-years-old). And 383 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

 • 130,989 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 78.5% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

 • 483,612 covid-19 tests have been performed in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

 • 2,156 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these are 815 women and 1,341 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.


According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, CSSE, at Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed 1,800,000 people worldwide.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.


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