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Coronavirus: Virus-Hit Budapest Retirement Home Was Missing Doctors ‘for at Least a Week,’ says Official

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.20.

An elderly care home in Budapest’s eastern suburbs that has recently seen a surge of novel coronavirus cases was operating without doctors for at least a week, the chief medical officer said on Monday.

Documents handed over to the authorities show that “there were no doctors physically present” in the retirement home on Pest Road “for at least a week”, Cecília Müller told an online news conference. This means that there was no one at the home to examine the residents, she added.

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Authorities are currently carrying out an investigation into the spread of the virus inside the home, Müller said.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases at the home has now reached 223, 19 of whom are staff, she said, adding that 23 people have died. A second round of tests was conducted at the home, with authorities collecting samples from 267 residents and 40 staff members. The samples are expected to be analysed by Tuesday, Müller said.

She noted that the epidemic in Hungary is expected to peak on May 3 and that this was what the health-care sector was preparing for from a technical standpoint as well.

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