July 26, 2020 / 2:37 AM / 17 days ago

Costa Rica registers record 931 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths

A worker sprays paint on a stencil indicating social distancing on the floor of a bus stop, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in San Jose, Costa Rica July 24, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - 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.

In total, Costa Rican authorities have reported 14,600 cases and 98 deaths in the country of 5 million people.

Despite the increase in cases, hotels are operational and the government has announced European, British, and Canadian tourists will be allowed to enter the country beginning Aug. 1.

Reporting by Alvaro Murillo; Editing by Laura Gottesdiener and Sandra Maler

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