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Coronavirus – KSH: Almost One-fifth of Hungarians Especially Vulnerable to Covid-19

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.29.

Close to one-fifth of Hungarians are especially vulnerable to infection by Covid-19, a dossier of data related to the pandemic compiled by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows.

The data show 19.3 percent of Hungary’s residents are 65 or older, a high-risk group for Covid-19. The number of 65-and-overs stands at 1.9 million. About three-tenths of them live alone, although that ratio is significantly higher in the Great Plains region, in Southern Transdanubia and in the capital.

About 92,000 Hungarians 65 and older got help at home from their local council last year. Some 184,000 had meals provided for them.

The dossier shows that 1.1 million primary and secondary school students are learning from home, with school buildings closed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A further 330,500 kindergarteners and 38,600 children in creches are also at home with their families.

Some 285,100 university and college students are studying remotely.

featured image: illustration; by MTI/Attila Balázs