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Published Monday, July 6, 2020

Russia donates covid-19 tests to
Costa Rica, repatriates its citizens
from Central America


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


On Friday, the AZV 2504 Russian Azur Air airline arrived at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela Province from Moscow, carrying a shipment of 2,000 medical test kits for the detection of covid-19, donated by the Russian Government to Social Security.

According to Román Macaya-Hayes, president of Social Security, this donation is a sign of the solidarity that exists between countries, at a time when the entire world is looking for the same tests for these coveted diagnoses during the pandemic.

"We thank Ambassador Yury Bedzhanyan for understanding that working together, as friendly countries, is that we are going to move forward in the face of this big challenge for the country and the entire world," Macaya said.

According to Social Security, this donation was given in response to the request made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Our ties are stable and reliable, they are time-tested relationships between partners and friends," said Yury Bedzhanyan, Russian ambassador to Costa Rica.

The Azur Air flight also contained another 200 diagnostic tests that will be donated to the Central American Integration System (SICA), of which Costa Rica will also receive a part of the donation, said the Foreign Ministry in its statement.



In addition to the donation, the flight had the mission of bringing 31 people to Costa Rica. These people had not been able to return to the country due to the border closure caused by the pandemic. On the flight, 12 came from Venezuela (six Costa Ricans and six residents) and 19 people from Ecuador (fourteen Costa Ricans and five residents).

According to the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica, the humanitarian flight of the Russian Azur Air airline, also allowed the departure of Russian citizens to their country.

More than 250 Russian citizens who were in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador were able to return to Russia, said the Russian embassy. "Plus several Costa Rican citizens who wished to return to their country from Caracas and Quito have also used this flight."

The same flight to the Central American region from Russia delivered humanitarian assistance for the countries of the Central American region with several thousands of tests to identify patients with a new coronavirus infection, said the Russian embassy in its statement.



The donation of medical supplies is vital to ensure the supply of medical products to health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against covid-19.

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

375 new cases of patients infected with covid-19, bringing the total to 2,417 active cases.

• The ages of infected patients range from a three-month-old baby to a 96-year-old person.

• 1,453 foreigners are or have been infected of the 4,996 cases since March, approximately 29% of the total cases.

• 77 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 67 are in recovery rooms and 10 are in an ICU, with delicate health conditions. Most of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 1,745 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, that is a 34% recovery rate.

• 32,864 people have been ruled out.

• 47,160 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 20 deaths have been reported from patients infected with covid-19 since March, nine women and eleven 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 534,320 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.





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Have you heard of Russian citizens who have been unable to return to their country from Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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