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Coronavirus: 115 Fatalities, New Registered Cases Close to Record High in Hungary

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.11.26.

Fully 115 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, have died over the past 24 hours, while 6,360 more virus cases have been officially registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday.

The total number of cases since the first outbreak in the country has risen to 192,047, while the death toll now stands at 4,229. Fully 49,616 people have made a recovery.

The number of active infections is 138,202, while there are 7,537 hospitalised patients, 640 on ventilators.

Fully 45,750 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out has risen to 1,566,619.

Based on the new data, it seems that the Chief Medical Officer was too quick to talk about a “possible turnaround” on Wednesday as Hungary had registered less new cases in the previous days. It was more likely due to Hungary reaching the limits of its testing capacity.

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.

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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.

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A daily timeframe for shoppers older than 65 is being reintroduced from Tuesday with the aim of protecting the elderly from the coronavirus epidemic, the Government Information Centre said. Between 9am and 11am on weekdays and 8am and 10am on weekends, customers below that age are banned from shopping in grocery shops, household chemists and […]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.

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After Hungary became the first European country to receive a sample of the Russian vaccine, the EU was quick to warn against its use. According to the Commission, it “raises safety concerns and could damage trust in potential vaccines.” The decision to conduct trials of and possibly produce the vaccine further stirred tension between Orbán […]Continue reading

Detailed data on more than 60 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1,4 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Károly Árvai/kormany.hu