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Coronavirus: 114 Fatalities, 2,716 New Cases Registered in Hungary

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.09.

Fully 114 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 2,716 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 340,459, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Saturday.

The death toll has risen to 10,554, while 193,172 people have made a recovery.

The number of active infections stands at 136,733, while there are 5,126 hospitalised Covid patients, 365 on a ventilator.

Altogether 23,281 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 2,820,762.

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.

Doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Urge Everyone to Get Vaccinated
Doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Urge Everyone to Get Vaccinated

In a statement, fifty doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) drew attention to the importance of the coronavirus immunization. According to MTA’s Department of Medical Sciences, the spread of the epidemic can only be curbed with vaccination. In a statement published on Tuesday, MTA’s Department of Medical Sciences reminds everyone that it is […]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. 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, 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.

Coronavirus: Moderna Vaccine in Pipeline
Coronavirus: Moderna Vaccine in Pipeline

Just over 1.7 million doses Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine will soon be delivered to Hungary, the chief medical officer told an online press briefing on Thursday. Cecília Müller said the delivery will be sufficient to vaccinate 872,000 people. The European Commission gave Moderna’s vaccine the provisional go-ahead on Wednesday, and the EU has ordered 160 million […]Continue reading

Detailed data on the more than 88 million confirmed cases worldwide, and more than 1,9 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI