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Fully 117 Covid patients, mostly elderly with an underlying illness, have died over the past 24 hours, while there were 3,929 newly registered coronavirus cases, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Tuesday.

Since the first outbreak in the spring, 181,881 people have been officially diagnosed with the virus and 4,008 fatalities, while 44,020 people have made a recovery.

Altogether there are 133,853 active infections, while 7,598 Covid patients are hospitalised, 638 on ventilators.

Fully 41,557 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out stands at 1,528,302.

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.

Coronavirus: New Order of Everyday Life from Wednesday - DETAILS!
Coronavirus: New Order of Everyday Life from Wednesday - DETAILS!

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.

Coronavirus: Shopping Hours for Elderly Reintroduced
Coronavirus: Shopping Hours for Elderly Reintroduced

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.

From Monday, soldiers are helping the police in carrying out their duties in public areas. Soldiers have also been assigned to help out staff in 93 hospitals around Hungary.

Russia's Covid Vaccine Stirs Tension Between Hungary and EU
Russia's Covid Vaccine Stirs Tension Between Hungary and EU

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 59 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1,4 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI