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Coronavirus: 1257 New Infections, 64 Fatalities

Hungary Today 2021.01.24.

Fully 64 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,257 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 359,574, said on Sunday.

The death toll has risen to 11,968, while 241,472 people have made a recovery.

The number of active infections stands at 106,134, while there are 3,793 hospitalised Covid patients, 254 on a ventilator.

So far, 145,257 people have been vaccinated, including 8,135 who have been given their second shot.

Altogether 18,929 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 3,052,068.

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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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. In addition, 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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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, 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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Detailed data on the more than 99 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 71 million recoveries can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI