Violence picks up in Central America after brief truce due to COVID-19

Costa Rica steady

Costa Rica has registered 342 homicides so far in 2020, according to data from the statistics office of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

The figure is in-line with 2019, when 339 homicides occurred over the same span.

OIJ recorded 560 total homicides in 2019, according to the organization’s leader, Walter Espinoza. That figure was well below the final homicide tally for 2018 (585), which itself marked a reduction from a record-breaking 2017 (603).

Costa Rica has a population of 5.1 million people.

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