Updates for Monday, November 9th
Costa Rica announced 38 new coronavirus-related deaths since Friday for a total of 1,491, according to official data released Monday afternoon by the Health Ministry.
Four-hundred and eighty-four people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 195 are in intensive care. Both represent increases compared to last Friday.
The Health Ministry confirmed 736 new cases on Sunday and 488 on Monday for a cumulative total of 117,587.
A total of 72,249 people have been cleared as recovered; however, this number typically lags several weeks behind actual figures.
The data indicate Costa Rica has 29.2 COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 people. The country is averaging 15.1 deaths each day since September 1 (1,055 total)
Driving restrictions remain in effect
Costa Rica’s nationwide driving restrictions remain in effect, a government spokesperson said Monday, despite a judge’s ruling that repealed a related decree.
Costa Rica’s outbreak in context
Costa Rica has the 45th-most new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to data compiled by The New York Times. At 18.3 new cases per 100,000 people, this significantly trails the United States (33.5) but is higher than Canada (10.5).
About 1.3% of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Costa Rica have died. The average age of Costa Rica’s coronavirus-related deaths is 70 years.
COVID-19 is expected to be Costa Rica’s leading cause of death in 2020, surpassing acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), which killed 1,322 people last year.
An analysis more than 200 COVID-19-related deaths in Costa Rica, released in early October, confirmed 90% of them were caused by the virus or an associated complication, while 9% had died of unrelated causes. This case-by-case analysis is ongoing.
Costa Rica has 359 intensive-care beds and 986 beds for less-complex coronavirus hospitalizations. This means 54% of Costa Rica’s ICU beds are currently occupied.
The below graphic will update automatically as the Health Ministry releases new coronavirus data.