SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 24 June 2021, Thursday |

Hospitals in tourist-haven Costa Rica in ‘serious’ phase as COVID-19 infections surge

Hospitals in Costa Rica are running out of space for coronavirus patients amid a new wave of infections, the president of the national doctors’ union said on Tuesday.

The sharp spike in COVID-19 cases has led to calls for a fresh lockdown by physicians, potentially dealing another blow to businesses, mainly in the tourism sector, which were hoping for an influx of European and U.S. tourists.

The country reported on Tuesday 26 new confirmed coronavirus fatalities, the largest reported daily toll since the pandemic began.

Edwin Solano, president of the national doctors’ union, called on the country’s leaders to heed the dire situation on the ground as hospitals run out of space in ICUs.

“The pandemic has surpassed the capacity of our health system,” Solano said. “There are no beds for COVID patients, there are no ICU beds for COVID. (The situation) is delicate and serious.”

The Central American nation of Costa Rica has so far registered 273,714 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 3,456 deaths, although both figures are believed to underestimate the actual tally.

The cabinet has been reluctant to impose more curbs, noting that it will further dent an economy badly hit by the global pandemic.