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Health authorities remind people of the importance of following hygiene measures guidelines and preventive actions that help prevent
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Published Friday, September 11, 2020

Go sightseeing, just respect sanitary
measures, authorities say


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Chamber of Tourism, Canatur, urges people in Costa Rica to enjoy the long weekend responsibly as possible.

This year, by presidential decree, the holiday celebrating Independence Day for Costa Rica is moved a day early, from Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Monday, Sept. 14. This change will allow people to take a three-day weekend (from Friday to Monday) and hopefully enjoy local tourism.

The Chamber calls on people to take advantage of these dates to explore the country following the guidelines ordered by the Ministry of Health. They are encouraging those that want to travel, to visit the country's popular destinations as a way to support during reactivation of the industry and economy.

"If we have the privilege of traveling, let us do it consciously, keeping in mind the importance of complying with the sanitary measures established by the authorities, such as the use of a mask, social distancing and traveling with your bubble," said Rubén Acón, president of the Chamber. "Tourism is a safe activity, if we respect the measures for the prevention of contagions, we can continue to enjoy it normally. "

Despite the reopening of many activities, the pandemic continues. It is not the time to lower any sanitary guard. “Let's avoid behaviors that put our health and others at risk, including workers (referring to the employees of tourist sites) who are going to attend you," Acón said.

The Chamber asks businessmen in the tourism sector to commit to safe travel measures by applying the recommended health guidelines to guarantee a quality experience for tourists. Be vigilant of behaviors that harm responsible activity.

According to Acón, Costa Rica has the advantage of currently not being a mass destination and that it has a variety of activities throughout the national territory that allows connecting with nature and local culture.

Activities such as whale watching in the southern zone of the country, visiting the Pacific or Caribbean beaches, outdoor and adventure activities such as walks in the forest, rafting, canopy, swimming in hot springs, are some of the options that the country has to offer.

Health authorities remind people of the importance of following hygiene measures guidelines and preventive actions that help prevent the spread of covid-19, such as: constant hand washing, wearing a face mask, wearing a face shield as a complement to the facemask, maintain a social distance of 1.8 between people, maintain as much as possible contact only with people from your social bubble, stay at home and go outside only in important activities as medical appointments, work, or shopping home groceries, among others. 

As of Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported the following on the statistics of the virus in the country:

1,325 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 31,660 active cases. The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 100-year-old person.

11,066 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 52,594 cases since March, approximately 21.2% of the total cases.

• 524 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 219 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 24 to a 91-year-old person). And 305 patients are in recovery rooms. Most of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 20,322 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 38.7% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 107,503 people have been ruled out.

• 175,050 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

567 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.1% death rate
of the total cases since March. Of these 214 were women and 353 men. The ages range from 19 to a 100-year-old person.

As of Aug. 31, authorities confirmed the death of 31 foreign-born patients. The youngest and most recent victim was a 19-year-old foreigner who lived in Guanacaste Province. Before then, on July 30, the ministry announced they would not provide updated information on foreign-born people who died from covid-19 in the country, which at the time authorities reported 30 had died from the virus since March.

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



As of Thursday night, the pandemic has killed 910,134 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.



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