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At today’s press briefing, Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, presented important, unpublished data on those who tested positive for coronavirus, revealing that so far, a total of 85 healthcare workers have been tested positive for the disease in Hungary.

Right after the coronavirus had started spreading in Hungary, the demand for medical masks increased and then disappeared from pharmacies. However, doctors and other front-line healthcare workers, as well as general practitioners and pharmacists are in need of masks and other protective equipment, as they are more likely to be exposed to potential coronavirus patients. In recent days, news emerged of healthcare workers who tested positive for the disease, including hospital staff, GPs, and a pharmacist.

Coronavirus: Healthcare Workers Infected, Quarantined

Cecília Müller, the Chief Medical Officer, also confirmed that “there are” healthcare workers who are infected and quarantined, although she did not specify the number of those who tested positive. However, at today’s weekly press conference, PMO Chief Gergely Gulyás said there are 85 people who tested positive for coronavirus.

In Hungary, the number of infected people increased to 678 by Saturday morning, which means that 12.5 percent of all known known cases in Hungary, every eighth Hungarian patient is a medical worker. No further information was provided by Gulyás, so it is still not known if there are institutions more affected by the infection than the others.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that 13 percent of those infected in Romania were health workers (there, 357 doctors, nurses, and medical workers caught the infection), while in Moldova, one in five coronavirus-infected were health workers.

As Gergely Karácsony Budapest mayor claimed earlier this week, “over 6,000 healthcare workers in Italy have been infected with the coronavirus.”  Latest figures also show that healthcare workers make up 9% of Italy’s COVID-19 cases, and more than 40 of them so far have lost their lives.

Budapest Agreement with Private Laboratory to Screen for Coronavirus

Thus, the metropolitan government has made an agreement with a private laboratory to create the conditions for screening the health and social care staff in Budapest.

featured photo: Illustration (Zoltán Balogh/MTI)