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Fully 156 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, have died over the past 24 hours, while 6,819 more virus cases have been officially registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Sunday.

The total number of cases since the first outbreak in the country has risen to 211,527, while the death toll now stands at 4,672. Fully 55,637 people have made a recovery.

The number of active infections is 151,218, while there are 7,590 hospitalised patients, 657 on ventilators.

Fully 50,227 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out has risen to 1,639,076.

Based on the data of the recent days, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller was wrong to talk about a “possible turnaround” on Wednesday.

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.

Coronavirus: New Order of Everyday Life from Wednesday - DETAILS!
Coronavirus: New Order of Everyday Life from Wednesday - DETAILS!

The details of the new restrictive measures announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday and Tuesday, which took effect from midnight and are valid for one month until December 11th, were published in the Hungarian Gazette late Tuesday evening. Among other things, the regulations revealed the details of the mandatory wearing of masks in […]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.

Also, 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.

Coronavirus - Chief Epidemiologist: Epidemic Could Peak by Christmas
Coronavirus - Chief Epidemiologist: Epidemic Could Peak by Christmas

Hungary’s chief epidemiologist has called for vaccination points to be set up once vaccines against Covid-19 become widely available with a view to getting the public vaccinated as quickly as possible. Speaking to public news broadcaster M1, János Szlávik of the Budapest South Pest Hospital said it was “good news” that preliminary tests of the […]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 and Christmas fairs, 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.

Gov't to Decide on Restrictions Next Week after Results of Targeted Mass Testing
Gov't to Decide on Restrictions Next Week after Results of Targeted Mass Testing

Hungary’s health-care system is able to meet increased case loads as there are plenty of unused beds, and every patient in need will get quality care, the head of the prime minister’s office said of the protection efforts against the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday. Gergely Gulyás told a regular government press briefing that the current […]Continue reading

Detailed data on more than 62 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1,4 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI