Costa Rica will extend the closure of its border for 18 more days than originally planned and will apply until April 30th, announced Monday the Minister of Security, Michael Soto. Soto reported that the government decided to extend the term for another 18 days as a follow-up measure to the contingency plan established by the government and health authorities.

Likewise, he called on foreign permanent residents not to travel out of the country, since this will entail losing their immigration status. “We have received a series of complaints from citizens who live near the borders who are telling us that people are trying to leave and enter the country illegally, that is why we have increased control measures by the public force and immigration police in these places,” he explained.

Coronavirus Data update:

As of April 6th, there are 467 cases confirmed of COVID-19, with an age range from 1 to 87 years. There are 227 women and 240 men, of whom 435 are Costa Rican and 32 foreigners.

According to the authorities, positive cases are registered in 55 cantons of the seven provinces and 4896 suspected cases have been ruled out.