The outbreak of Covid-19, and how it is affecting the world and proceeds to impact Nosara, is mind-boggling to pretty much everyone. The Nosara Times has not published anything until now on this subject. Reason being, we feel it is not our place to speculate nor regurgitate information from the international spotlight about evolving health emergencies. However, after the mandatory closures of schools, bars and nightclubs, and eventually the shut down of Costa Rica’s borders, we could no longer stay silent about this global pandemic. We wish everyone the best and appreciate your time and support.
Here are 10 facts published in reverse chronological order. You can rely on us having done our research to confirm the validity of each bullet point, including dates and reference links.
1. Teletica reports first death confirmed in Costa Rica with 194,909 cases of COVID-19 officially reported worldwide, resulting in approximately 8000 deaths | published March 18
Deaths per country: China (3 242), Italy (2 505), Iran (988), Spain (491), France (175), United States (108), South Korea (86), United Kingdom (60), Japan (28), Netherlands (24), Switzerland (19), Philippines (14), Germany (13), Iraq (11), San Marino (11), Canada (8), Sweden (8), International conveyance in Japan (7), Algeria (5), Australia (5), Belgium (5), Greece (5), Indonesia (5), Poland (5), Denmark (4), Egypt (4), Taiwan (4), Austria (3), India (3), Lebanon (3), Norway (3), Argentina (2), Bulgaria (2), Ecuador (2), Ireland (2), Malaysia (2), Morocco (2), Albania (1), Bahrain (1), Brazil (1), Guatemala (1), Guyana (1), Hungary (1), Luxembourg (1), Panama (1), Portugal (1), Slovenia (1), Sudan (1), Thailand (1), Costa Rica (1)
2. Costa Rica has 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders | published March 18
Management of both airports that receive international flights (San Jose and Liberia) have protocols in place in order to deal with suspected COVID-19 cases. (https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ )
3. Costa Rica declared a State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Carlos Alvarado announced the shut down of the borders to foreigners and non-residents starting 11:59 p.m. on 3/18/20 | published March 16
This announcement also included the suspension of lessons in public and private educational centers. (https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/03/)
4. Anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days | published March 16
5. First confirmed case of Covid-19 in Nicoya is an official at La Anexión Hospital | published March 16
This was confirmed to The Voice of Guanacaste by the medical center’s director, Anner Angulo, who also explained that the employee is isolated at home and in good health. (https://vozdeguanacaste.com/en/first-confirmed)
6. Foreigners that entered the country after December 17, are granted an extension until May 17, 2020 | published March 16
This announcement guideline came with many others via the Ministry of Government and Police / General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (https://www.migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Medidas-Administrativas-COVID19.aspx)
7. Ministry of Health made the decision to instruct a total closure of schools, bars, clubs and casinos, etc… | published March 15
An executive agreement between the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, will grant health authority to members of the Public Force for surveillance and control, both to verify the closures and to ensure 50% of visiting capacity for the other meeting centers. (https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/)
8. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that it would inject approx. $1.5 trillion into the debt markets to keep them from collapsing | published March 12
9. President Trump announces US will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days | published March 11
(full video https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics)
**ATTENTION : Fact 10 does not directly relate to covid-19 and has no official correlation published. We chose to include this information as an add-on to our list due to the gravity of the charges faced, timeline of arrests, and direct locational ties to Wuhan. Currently, The Nosara Times does not endorse nor claim that these three men are directly responsible for the global pandemic.
10. Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China | published January 28
According to court documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber who has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specialized in the area of nanoscience, has received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD). These grants require the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, including financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities. Unbeknownst to Harvard University, beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from in or about 2012 to 2017.
In Costa Rica, the telephone line 1322 has also been enabled for any inquiries about COVID-19, and to check the updated guidelines sent by the Ministry of Health you can visit the website:
Article contributions by Cristina Morales