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Fully 103 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,307 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 327,995, said on Sunday.

The death toll has risen to 9,884, while the number of people who have made a recovery has increased to 168,381.

The number of active infections stands at 149,730, while there are 5,619 hospitalised Covid patients, 403 on a ventilator.

Altogether 16,537 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 2,691,904.

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.

Coronavirus: Hungary Begins Vaccinating Health-Care Workers
Coronavirus: Hungary Begins Vaccinating Health-Care Workers

Hungary began inoculating its health-care workers against Covid-19 using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday. The first vaccine was administered by János Szlávik, head of the National Institute of Hematology and Infectology at Budapest’s South Pest Central Hospital. The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, which arrived in Hungary early on Saturday, contains 9,750 doses, enough to […]Continue reading

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.

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.

Chief Medical Officer: Rolling Out Jabs 'Biggest Challenge' in 2021
Chief Medical Officer: Rolling Out Jabs 'Biggest Challenge' in 2021

Hungary’s biggest Covid-related challenge next year will be to organise vaccinations, the chief medical officer said on Thursday in an online press conference of the operative staff responsible for handling the coronavirus epidemic. Thousands have registered in advance for the vaccine, and efforts will be made to inoculate as many people as possible in the […]Continue reading

Detailed data on the more than 85 million confirmed cases worldwide, and more than 1,8 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI