Health Minister Daniel Salas revealed, in an exceptional press conference held by default, that the government agreed to implement these health measures until next Sunday and only in the Central Region.
Likewise, from May 3 to May 31, car restrictions will be applied in the middle of the week to the Central Region cantons, which include Cartago County and a large part of the counties of San Jose, Alajuela and Heredia, which are the largest and most densely populated in the region. Six social and economic that this nation is divided into. The vehicle ban will continue from 9:00 PM until 5:00 AM local time, and from today the closure of establishments across the country that violate health protocols will increase to 15 days, and it will be 30 days for repeat violators.
All productive activities and industries can continue to operate while complying with relevant measures, public transportation (buses and trains) will be able to operate normally, without people standing up, and a reform of the Public Health Law will be introduced soon to reinforce operations against clandestine activities.
Salas explained that the procedures are mainly concentrated in the central region, as it collected 68 percent of the confirmed cases last April.
For his part, the CEO of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS, responsible for public health in this country), Roman Macaya, warned that the national health system is almost reaching its maximum capacity for care, despite all efforts made since March 2020, when it started Pandemic in this nation.
He warned that if this rapid increase in cases continues, the health system will enter a crisis because it cannot care for all patients who need intensive care.
The less optimistic projections from specialists indicate that this week Costa Rica could count about four thousand new cases of Covid-19 per day.
On Thursday last week, this country recorded 2,781 new cases of Covid-19, a record high for one day.
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