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Fully 85 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,004 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 361,881, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday.

The death toll has risen to 12,113, while 246,596 people have made a recovery.

The number of active infections stands at 103,087, while there are 3,809 hospitalised Covid patients, 255 on a ventilator.

Altogether 17,834 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 3,084,716.

Hungary began rolling out the coronavirus vaccine in December. So far, 152,704 people have received their first jab, and 17,772 have been fully inoculated.

On November 10, lawmakers extended the government’s special powers by 90 days, allowing the government to suspend the application of some legislation, diverge from legal provisions and take other extraordinary measures by decree.

Health Authority Researching Effectiveness of Current COVID Vaccines against 'UK Variant'
Health Authority Researching Effectiveness of Current COVID Vaccines against 'UK Variant'

The Hungarian public health authority (NNK) is researching a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus, first detected in the United Kingdom late last year, to determine whether currently available vaccines would be effective against it. Virologist Zoltán Kiss told state news channel M1 on Monday that the team is currently propagating the virus variant to see […]Continue reading

A major new rule is that face masks must be worn in public spaces in localities with more than 10,000 residents, though it is up to local mayors to decide which spaces the rule applies to.

Among other measures recently introduced: school classes from the eighth grade as well as universities are now holding lessons and lectures online. In addition, a curfew is in force between 8pm and 5am, and work carried out beyond the home must be justified. With the exception of pharmacies and petrol stations, shops can be open until 7pm. Hairdressers, masseurs and personal trainers must observe general curfew rules.

FM Szijjártó: Hungary Not Waiting for Brussels, Will Make Own Decisions about Vaccines
FM Szijjártó: Hungary Not Waiting for Brussels, Will Make Own Decisions about Vaccines

Hungary’s authorities are ready to implement a vaccination campaign as soon as large quantities are delivered, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, Szijjártó said Hungary would not wait for the “centralised Brussels procurement system” to ensure the necessary amount of vaccines, and […]Continue reading

Restaurants are limited to offering takeaways, while hotels are not allowed to cater to tourists, only guests arriving for business, economic or educational purposes. Sports events must be held behind closed doors. Also, leisure facilities such as fitness gyms, indoor swimming pools, museums, libraries, cinemas, zoos and skating rinks must suspend their services.

Events, including cultural events, cannot be held under the special rules. Family and private events including birthday celebrations can be held with a maximum of ten people attending. Funerals can be held with not more than 50 people in attendance. The government has asked religious communities to make sure their conduct during ceremonies aligns with general coronavirus safety rules.

Catering Businesses Start to Rebel against Restrictions
Catering Businesses Start to Rebel against Restrictions

After months of struggling to stay in business due to the sharp drop in revenues caused by pandemic restrictions, certain catering businesses in Hungary are beginning to announce their re-opening in opposition of the government. In an act of rebellion against restrictions, Központ (Center), a pub in Madách Square, Budapest, opened its doors for take-out […]Continue reading

Detailed data on the more than 100 million confirmed cases worldwide, more than 2,1 million deaths and almost 73 million recoveries can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Márton Mónus/MTI