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Alvaro Murillo

Costa Rica proposes tax hikes, austerity ahead of IMF negotiation

Sep 17 2020

SAN JOSE, Sept 17 Costa Rica on Thursday proposed privatisations, tax increases and additional austerity measures ahead of a negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a package to help the Central American country's struggling economy.

Costa Rica researchers to trial coronavirus treatment from horse antibodies

Sep 06 2020

SAN JOSE Researchers in Costa Rica are due to begin trials of an inexpensive coronavirus treatment based on antibodies taken from horses injected with the SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to scientists.

Ex-Costa Rican leader drops bid to lead Inter-American Development Bank

Sep 03 2020

SAN JOSE Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla has dropped her bid to head the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and criticized a process seen favoring U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the institution.

Costa Rica to begin staggered reopening as July coronavirus cases jump

Jul 29 2020

SAN JOSE The Costa Rican government will begin an economic reopening on Saturday in a bid to reverse a sharp coronavirus-induced slowdown, the president said on Wednesday, even though the official tally shows the COVID-19 caseload continuing to rise.

Costa Rica registers record 931 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths

Jul 25 2020

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's Health Ministry reported a record 931 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths on Saturday, both single-day highs for the small Central American nation where 72% of all its confirmed cases have been registered since the beginning of this month.

Nicaraguans stuck at Costa Rica border after Managua bars re-entry on virus fears

Jul 24 2020

SAN JOSE Hundreds of Nicaraguans are stuck in limbo between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after their homeland refused to allow them back without proof that they are not infected with the coronavirus, authorities said on Friday.

Costa Rica to start talks with IMF over loan, says president

Jul 13 2020

SAN JOSE, July 12 Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said the Central American nation will begin negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to access a financial aid package to help offset the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Costa Rican coffee may go unharvested as pandemic creates migrant worker shortage

Jun 30 2020

SANTA MARIA DE DOTA, Costa Rica, Coffee connoisseurs across the world prize Costa Rica's gourmet beans, but local farmers warn that if a coronavirus-induced foreign labor shortage is not resolved soon, the raw material used to make countless lattes and espressos could spoil on the bush.

Costa Rica halts reopening as coronavirus infections rise

Jun 19 2020

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's government will halt reopening the country's economy due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases over recent days, a senior official said on Friday, in a blow to the Central American nation which has already lost 100,000 jobs.

Defying pandemic, gay couples hold first marriages in Costa Rica

May 26 2020

SAN JOSE Marco Castillo and his boyfriend, Rodrigo Campos, waited just a few hours to take advantage of a new law in Costa Rica that made the country the first in Central America to allow same-sex marriage.

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