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The national vaccination rate is 9.32 per 100 inhabitants.
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Vaccination campaign against covid-19 continues during
Easter in Costa Rica

Published Tuesday, March 30, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vaccination campaign against covid-19 continues this Easter, informed Mario Ruiz, doctor and medical manager of Social Security.

"The National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission decided to advance in the coverage of the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly," Ruiz said.

According to Social security, 557,115 doses of Pfizer vaccines have arrived.

Of these 348, 355 doses have been applied (224,092 of first doses and 160,263 of second doses). The national vaccination rate is 9.32 per 100 inhabitants.

Currently, the country remains to apply the second dose of treatment to Group-A of High Risk, which includes elderly folks living in nursing homes, nursing home employees, healthcare workers, members of the police force, firefighters and Emergency Commission workers, among others.

Also, treatment application continues with Group-B of High Risk, which includes people over the age of 58, regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors.

To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.

Today, authorities from the Ministry of Health reported the most updated status of the covid-19 in the country:

496 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 20,540 current active cases.

26,709 foreign-born people have been infected as part of the 216,764 cases, which is approximately 12.3% 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.

333 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 163 patients are in ICUs in delicate health conditions. And 170 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

192,699 patients have fully recovered, an 89% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

792,044 covid-19 tests have been conducted in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

2,957 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.4% death rate.

Readers can see the current number of infected people in each district on the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 2.8 million people worldwide.

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