Costa Rica reports Suspected case of Novel Coronavirus


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Costa Rica reported a suspected case of the novel coronavirus in a woman returning from a trip that took her to Italy and Tunisia.

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The Cost Rican Health Ministry said the 52-year-old had returned from her trip on February 29 without showing symptoms. If confirmed, it would be the Central American country’s first case.

Meanwhile, Brazil upped its number of cases to eight, taking the total number of cases in Latin America to 35 in six countries and two French territories in the Caribbean.

Ecuador has confirmed 13 cases, while Mexico has five. Chile and Argentina confirmed their first cases on Tuesday, and now have four cases and one case, respectively. The Dominican Republic has one case.

France’s Regional Health Agency confirmed earlier this week that there were three cases in its overseas territories in Latin America, two in St-Martin and one in St-Barthelemy. Both islands are popular cruise ship stops.

Also on Thursday, Colombian President Ivan Duque tested negative for the virus after suspected exposure during a trip to the U.S.

Duque met President Donald Trump and attended a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington earlier this week.

Colombia’s Health Ministry said there was a “low risk” that some of the people who attended the same meeting as Duque had been in contact with coronavirus patients in New York.

“Since the health of the president is a matter of national interest, it was recommended that we should perform a coronavirus diagnostic test, the results of which were negative,” the ministry said in a statement.

The virus, which began spreading in China in December, has killed more than 3,200 people and infected more than 95,000 worldwide.

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