Costa Rica Live Updates
- Updates – total confirmed cases – 375
deaths – 2
today’s new cases – 28
today’s new deaths –
- On March 6 Costa Rica became the first Central American Country to confirm a first case, involving a 49-year-old tourist visiting from the United States. Alvarado announced the confirmed case on twitter and said Costa Rica had been preparing for the virus’ arrival since January.
- On March 18, the country announced its first coronavirus death when an 87-year-old man passed away.
- During the evening of March 24, Costa Rican authorities began transferring some 2600 migrants—mostly from Africa, Asia, and Haiti—from the country’s southern border with Panama to its northern border with Nicaragua, citing containment efforts. Nicaragua subsequently closed unauthorized entry points on the shared border.
- On March 31, the government announced plans to reform transit law in public roads, including stricter vehicle restrictions to help both the Health and public Security Ministries better fulfill their roles in cases of national emergency.
- Alvarado declared a state of the state of emergency on March 16, announcing that the country would close its borders to foreigners and non-residents starting just before midnight on March 18 through at least April 12. Citizens and residents of the country will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine. Travelers with layovers will be able to transit the country.