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Chief Medical Officer Says Retirement Home Lockdowns Working Despite 700 Active Infections

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.16.

The decision to introduce a visiting ban on elderly care homes and prohibit residents from leaving their institutions has proven effective, the chief medical officer said on Friday.

Currently there are 60 retirement homes dealing with a total of 707 active coronavirus infections, Cecília Müller told a press conference. Altogether 55 residents have recovered in the second wave of the epidemic so far, she added.

Coronavirus Appears in Increasing Number of Social Care Homes
Coronavirus Appears in Increasing Number of Social Care Homes

As the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Hungary is spreading at an accelerated pace, the situation in social care homes is also becoming increasingly worrisome. Despite the introduction of a ban on visits, almost every tenth person living in the affected social care homes is now infected with Covid-19, according to official data. […]Continue reading

The virus has only spread to 4 percent of retirement homes, Müller said, noting that the country’s 1,600 institutions house some 100,000 residents.

Meanwhile, the chief medical officer said the youngest of the 33 Covid-19 patients who died on Thursday was 20 years old and had been suffering from a serious, rapidly progressive disease.

Featured photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu