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The supplies , valued at $30,000, were purchased in Costa Rica following the technical specifications defined by the authorities.
 - Social Security photo -

Published Thursday, November 26, 2020

Turkish government donates
$30,000 in medical supplies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday, the government of Turkey, through its embassy and the Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Coordination, TIKA, donated 25,000 filter respirators for front line health workers working with covid-19, announced Social Security.

According to Román Macaya-Hayes, executive president of Social Security, the supplies , valued at $30,000, were purchased in Costa Rica following the technical specifications defined by the authorities.

"We need to fight together against the pandemic that affects the whole world," said Fatma Pihava-Ünlü, Turkey's ambassador to Costa Rica, when delivering the donation.

According to the embassy, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Costa Rica.

This is the second government to donates needed pandemic medical supplies this month.

Last week, the French government donated €25,000, about $29,600, to the Ministry of Security in sanitary and personal care products such as liquid soap, chlorine, disinfectant, and sunscreen, to be distributed among the police officers.

According to Philippe Vinogradoff, French ambassador to Costa Rica, in the face of the pandemic, the first priority is to not only protect the doctors, "but also the security forces and that is why we think in the Costa Rican police, who are also working on the front line and need to be protected."

Personal protection supplies for workers in the first line of the fight against the pandemic, are of high importance to comply with the personal hygiene and protection guidelines requested by the Ministry of Health as part of the actions to prevent the spread of the virus. However, covid-19 continues to cause more deaths in the country.

On Wednesday, the ministry provided the most up-to-date statistics on the evolution of the virus in the country:

 • 1,330 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 50,235 active cases.

 • 19,425 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 134,520 cases since March, approximately 14.4% 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.

 • 496 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 207 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from an 1-year-old to a 90-year-old). And 289 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

 • 82,611 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 61.4% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

 • 381,490 medical covid-19 tests have been made. This according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University.

 • 1,674 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.2% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 632 women and 1,030 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old person.

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 1,430,288 people worldwide.


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