Salvadorian Government Offers Hospital Beds to Costa Rica Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The government of El Salvador offered hospital space to Costa Rica, as the Caribbean island faces an upturn in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed the health system.

The government of El Salvador offered hospital space to Costa Rica, as the Caribbean island faces an upturn in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed the health system.

“Our brothers in Costa Rica now only have 8 beds for intensive care patients. There are 700 available here. We have historic memory and our duty as a government is to help a neighbor nation that has been so good to us over the last few decades,” Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday night.

The right-wing leader based his affirmations on statements offered by the manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Mario Ruiz, in which he detailed the lack of beds for serious patients and assured that they are going through a “critical situation.”

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund last week began alerting that it had limited space left for critical patients — due in part to a lack of qualified ICU personnel.


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