These supplies will be distributed to health workers located in the southern part of the country.
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Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020

UN Population Fund donates medical supplies
valued at almost $70,000

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, donated medical supplies such as disposable face masks, face shields and gloves valued at $69,000 to Social Security.

This donation was made in two parts, the first was in November. Total donated supplies include 145,150 units of disposable face masks, 4,320 units of face shields, and 11,500 pairs of disposable gloves.

These supplies will be distributed to health workers located in the southern part of the country.

"Our goal is to support the continuity of these services (referring to medical services in response to the pandemic), guaranteeing prevention and safety, both for medical personnel and the public, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic," Paula Antezana, UNFPA representative in Costa Rica said.

Medical supplies are of high importance for the protection of health workers who are on the front line in the fight against the pandemic, which has caused more deaths and infections in the country.

The most recent statistics on the evolution of the virus provided by the Ministry of Health on Monday are:

• 558 new covid-19 cases are reported to bring the total to 33,329 current active cases.

• 21,759 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 165,762 cases since March, approximately 13% 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.

• 613 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 240 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 1 to 90-years-old). And 373 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 130,289 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 78.6% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 483,612 covid-19 tests have been performed in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

• 2,144 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these are 810 women and 1,334 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old.

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 1,784,245 people worldwide.

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