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Coronavirus Further Spreads in Social Care Homes In Hungary

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.10.27.

A total of 200 residents in care and 100 workers have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic at the institutions of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, while more than 200 infections were reported from a social institution in Veszprém County.

The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta maintains nearly 30 institutions and according to the organization’s communication director Tamás Romhányi, they have altogether 2,000 people in their care.

“So far, coronavirus cases have been identified in five of our institutions, both among employees and those in our care, which has affected nearly 100 of our employees and 200 patients so far,” Romhányi said to news site 24.hu

Many people have also been infected in the integrated institution located in Veszprém County with several social care homes for disabled, psychiatric, and addiction patients, news site index reports. According to official information, by Monday, 202 people in the institution have become infected with the coronavirus, nine of them are currently being treated in hospital, while the rest of the patients are either asymptomatic or in good condition. In addition, 54 workers have also tested positive for the virus.

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 news outlet also writes about the allegation of opposition Jobbik MP Lajos Rig, who in parliament on Monday said that according to his information, a week earlier the virus also appeared in the institution’s social care home located in Darvastó, and after testing started last Thursday, 102 of the 120 came back positive.

However, state secretary Zsuzsanna Eszter Vitályos claimed that the government did not know anything about an outbreak in the Darvastó institution, and promised to look into it further while taking and enforcing all necessary epidemiological measures.

As we have previously reported, not long ago, the municipality of Budapest also ordered an investigation into a “high ratio” of coronavirus infections in a senior home in the city’s northern district 4.

Featured photo by Tibor Rosta/MTI