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Coronavirus – Registered Infections in Hungary Increase by 22

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.12.

The number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has gone up by 22 to 4,768 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday morning.

The number of fatalities remains unchanged at 605, while 3,529 people have made a recovery.

There are 634 active infections and 64 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, five on ventilators.

Fully 7,730 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out stands at 366,356.

New restrictions on entering the country came into force on July 12, with the aim of preventing the import of infections from abroad.

Foreign countries have been classed into three categories: red, yellow, green. The authorities are screening arrivals and taking action based on the severity of the infection rate in each country. This can include ordering home quarantine for 14 days and compulsory testing. The government and the chief medical officer review the classification of the countries on a weekly basis.

The site said that most new infections can be attributed to people ignoring symptoms and attending family gatherings or smaller events with friends.

To avoid a flare-up of the epidemic, the government has cancelled the celebrations that draw large crowds on the August 20 national holiday, including the fireworks and the air show. The ban on gatherings of more than 500 people has been extended beyond August 15. As a general rule people must wear a face mask in shops and in public transport.

Rapid Rise of COVID-19 Cases Among Younger People
Rapid Rise of COVID-19 Cases Among Younger People

Almost half of those infected in Hungary were under the age of 40, according to a report by Semmelweis University. The most likely reason behind the surge is that many of those infected had traveled abroad or met a relative or friend who returned home from a trip abroad. Following the eradication of institutional infections, […]Continue reading

Most infections have been registered in Budapest (2,102), followed by Pest County (706) and the counties of Fejér (382), Komárom-Esztergom (315) and Zala (265). Tolna county has the fewest infections (18).

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