Eight COVID-19 patient has died, while the number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has risen by a record number of 1070 to 17,990 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu reported on Sunday morning. The more than thousand new cases is the largest single-day increase since the epidemic began to spread.
The number of fatalities stands at 683, and a total of 4,391 people have made a recovery. Currently, there are 12,916 active infections and 404 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, 32 on ventilators. Altogether 25,583 people are in official home quarantine and 615,999 tests have been carried out.
The website warned Hungarians to observe social distancing guidelines and hygiene regulations.
The government closed borders to foreigners from Sept 1, with certain exceptions, re-introducing border protection measures in force during the first wave of the epidemic.
The Budapest municipality tightened regulations on mask-wearing in public places and introduced fines for violators and establishment owners.
A cabinet meeting on September 16 decided to extend entry restrictions for travellers from abroad. In addition to shops and public transport, mask-wearing will be made mandatory in cinemas, theatres, health and social institutions and public offices, and clubs will have to close by 11pm to curb the spread of the virus.
Detailed data on the almost 31 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 960,000 deaths can be found here and here by country.
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