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Fully 182 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, have died over the past 24 hours, while 6,635 more virus cases have been officially registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday.

The total number of cases since the first outbreak in the country has risen to 231,844, while the death toll now stands at 5,324. Fully 67,033 people have made a recovery.

Active infections number 159,487, while there are 7,693 hospitalised patients, 663 on ventilators.

Fully 50,430 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out has risen to 1,876,274.

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: November Far and Away the Worst Month for Hungary So Far
Coronavirus: November Far and Away the Worst Month for Hungary So Far

November was by far the worst month for Hungary in terms of the coronavirus. A rapid rise in cases, deaths, and positive tests, along with labor deficiencies made for a somber end to autumn 2020. In November, Hungary had by far its worst month of coronavirus infections yet. At the end of October, there were […]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.

Also, 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.

Coronavirus - Chief Epidemiologist: Epidemic Could Peak by Christmas
Coronavirus - Chief Epidemiologist: Epidemic Could Peak by Christmas

Hungary’s chief epidemiologist has called for vaccination points to be set up once vaccines against Covid-19 become widely available with a view to getting the public vaccinated as quickly as possible. Speaking to public news broadcaster M1, János Szlávik of the Budapest South Pest Hospital said it was “good news” that preliminary tests of the […]Continue reading

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 and Christmas fairs, 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.

Coronavirus: Gov't Mulling Special Rules for Christmas Period
Coronavirus: Gov't Mulling Special Rules for Christmas Period

Special coronavirus-related rules may apply during the Christmas period for family get-togethers, Gergely Gulyás, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, told a parliamentary committee hearing, adding that the rules will be decided either at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday or on Dec. 9 at the latest. Gulyás cited experts as saying that infections are expected […]Continue reading

Detailed data on almost 65 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 1,5 million deaths can be found here and here by country.

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