A total of 193 coronavirus patients have died over the past 24 hours, while 5,525 new COVID-19 cases have been officially registered, the official government website koronavirus.gov.hu said on Saturday morning.
The total number of cases since the first outbreak in the country has risen to 243,581, while the death toll now stands at 5,706. The number of people who made a recovery is also increasing, standing at 70,396. Active infections stands at 167,479, out of which 7,695 are hospitalized and 637 requires ventilator treatment. Currently, a total of 53,315 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out has risen to 1,918,043.
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.
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.
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.
Detailed data on more than 66 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1,5 million deaths can be found here and here by country.
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