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Published Monday, June 22, 2020 

Government closes 17 companies in
the northern zone due to legalities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Starting last week, authorities have carried out reviewing working conditions, safety measures and compliance within health guidelines to prevent the increase in the spread of covid-19, in companies located in the northern zone.

Due to the Orange Alert set in some districts of the northern zone, teams from the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health, the General Directorate of Migration, among others, are visiting companies to review their compliance with the labor law, immigration and health.

The patrols in the area are organized from the new operations post in Las Tablillas District in Alajuela Province.

According to the government report, of 109 companies evaluated, 21 did not comply with the health guidelines.

And 37 companies were ordered temporary closures for sanitary orders, where companies must implement safety and hygienic measures. There were 17 companies closed for not complying with the legal requirements to continue operating.

According to Social Security, 420 workers from agricultural companies located in the northern zone were not reported to Social Security, which is one of the basic requirements following the Costa Rican labor law.

Last week, at the beginning of patrolling and surveillance of companies located in the northern zone, 9 companies were closed for non-compliance with sanitary measures and detected cases of people infected with covid -19 among the workers, announced the Ministry of Security. Of these, one company was closed when it was detected that 21 employees were infected with covid-19.

According to the Ministry of Security report, 1,967 people were interviewed, of which 1,405 were Costa Rican and 466 were foreigners. In the case of foreigners, 20 people entered the country unauthorized, and were sent to the Migration Police.

The increase in police presence responds to the Orange Alert issued by the National Emergency Commission, increasing restrictions in the Cantons and Districts of Paquera, Guatuso, Guácimo, La Cruz, Los Chiles, Pococí, Río Cuarto, La Fortuna, Venice, Aguas Zarcas, Cutris, Pital, Pocosol, Plains of Gaspar, Curuña, Pacuarito, Reventazón, Upala and Peñas Blancas.

Authorities will continue with the operation of patrolling and evaluating companies' legal requirements and compliance with sanitary measures due to the increase of people infected with the covid-19 in the northern region.

On Sunday the Ministry of Health provided the following statistics of the evolution of the virus in the country:

86 new cases of patients infected with covid-19, bringing the total to 1,169 active cases. Ages ranging from a three-month-old baby to a 92-year-old person.

• Of the  2,213  people infected since March, 599 are foreigners. That is equal to 27% of the total of patients.

• 26 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 22 are in recovery rooms and 4 have been reported in an Intensive Care Unit, ICU, with delicate health conditions. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 1,032 coronavirus patients have fully recovered.

• 24,791 people have been ruled out.

• 35,369 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 12 deaths have been reported from patients infected with covid-19 since March, three women and nine men.

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

As of Sunday night, the pandemic has killed 467,611 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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