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Coronavirus Appears in Increasing Number of Social Care Homes

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.10.14.

As the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Hungary is spreading at an accelerated pace, the situation in social care homes is also becoming increasingly worrisome. Despite the introduction of a ban on visits, almost every tenth person living in the affected social care homes is now infected with Covid-19, according to official data.

On Saturday, Hungary’s Chief Medical Officer said that COVID-19 appeared in a total of 45 social care homes. Cecília Müller also added that the facilities fortunately did not become clusters, although 10% of those under care and 5% of nurses have been infected.

However, according to the latest information from Wednesday, the virus has now appeared in 52 social care homes.

Additionally, the number of those who tested positive for the virus out of the total of 6,630 residents living in these homes is currently 640. 156 of them are hospitalized and 37 residents died during the second wave of the epidemic.

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The infection rate in these institutions is especially worrisome given that in order to contain the spread of the virus the Chief Medical Officer had already ordered in early September a nationwide ban on visits to social care homes as well as an order to keep residents from leaving the facilities.

During the first wave of the epidemic shielding social care homes; in particular nursing homes from the virus, proved to be a difficult task causing many elderly people in Hungary to lose their lives to the virus.

Featured photo illustration by Attila Balázs/MTI