March 11, 2020 / 7:21 PM / a month ago

Costa Rica reports 22 coronavirus cases, nearly double prior tally

A health worker fumigates at a government youth assistance center, as a preventive measure against coronavirus in San Jose, Costa Rica March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica’s health ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the Central American country increased to 22, up from 13 previously reported.

Of the cases confirmed before, one was an American woman who lives in Costa Rica, while two others were U.S. citizens who had arrived as tourists from New York, the government said.

It also said that one other person who was infected, a 54-year-old Costa Rican, was in a state hospital.

Reporting by Alvaro Murillo, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon, Editing by Stefanie Eschenbacher

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