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British Coronavirus Variant Spreading Fast in Hungary, says Chief medical officer

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.24.

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom is now in the phase of spreading in the community in Hungary, the chief medical officer said on Wednesday.

The “British variant” has been isolated in patients who have not travelled recently, showing that the variant is spreading within the country, Cecília Müller told a press conference of the operative body responsible for handling the epidemic.

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A Hungarian-developed method enables public health experts to test sewage specifically for the “British variant”, Müller said. Traces of the virus were found in the waste water of large cities, including Budapest, Debrecen, Tatabánya, Székesfehérvár and Győr, she said.

Meanwhile, the third wave of the epidemic is gathering momentum in Hungary, Müller said.

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She cited data on the government’s koronavirus.gov.hu website as saying that 102 people died and 2,855 have contracted the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. While the victims are mostly elderly and suffering from underlying conditions, there are “almost every day young people among the fatalities who could have been saved by the vaccine,” she said.

Featured photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu