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To receive this benefit people interested should call line 1322 or 911.
 - A.M. Costa Rica wire services illustrative photo -

Published Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Impoverished families of covid-19
victims get aid to cover
funeral expenses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) will cover funeral expenses and payment of death certificate, to families in situations of extreme poverty who must bury a relative that died due to covid-19.

According to the institute, the total population of the country is under a state of national emergency, with consequences of more poverty in some social sectors.

"Covering the expenses associated with death from covid-19 is difficult for many poor families, so we have coordinated with the health sector, to help to avoid another problem amid grief," said Juan Luis Bermúdez, minister of Human Development.

Funeral expenses will be granted to families in situations of poverty or extreme poverty that cannot cover the cost of burial for their dead relatives due to covid-19 or a factor associated with the virus.

To receive this benefit people interested should call line 1322 or 911.

After verifying the family's situation, the institute will make payment for funeral services directly to the funeral company.

This benefit of payment of funeral services will be provided during the period of the National State of Emergency due to covid -19.

Since the government declared a State of National Health Emergency in March to contain the spread of the virus, one of their most notable actions was for Social Security to provide free medical attention to covid-19 patients throughout the country.

According to the daily report from the Ministry of Health on Monday, the virus continues infecting people causing more deaths. The Ministry provided the following statistics on the status of the virus in the country:

619 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 19,547 active cases. Which is a 67% active patients rate.The ages of patients infected range from a three-month-old baby to a 99-year-old person.

7,416 foreign-born people have been infected of the 29,084 cases since March, approximately 25% of the total cases.

• 397 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 106 patients are in Intensive Care Units with delicate health conditions, 291 patients are in recovery rooms. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 9,233 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 31,7% recovery rate.

• 79,189 people have been ruled out.

• 122,134 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

304 deaths of patients infected with covid-19 since March. Which is a 1% death rate. Of these 113 were women and 191 men. The ages range from 21 to a 100-year-old person.

Authorities report the second case of the death of a patient at just 21-years-old. The young victim had a pre-existing health condition of severe sepsis and pneumonia that worsened his viral infection.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its tissues and organs. He is the second death this week of a 21-year-old.

On July 30, authorities reported 30 foreign-born people had died from covid-19 since March, at the time it was 22% of virus-related deaths. However, the ministry confirmed that they will not continue providing information on the number of foreign-born people who die from covid-19 in the country.

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 Monday night, the pandemic has killed 774,053
patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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