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Coronavirus: 130 Fatalities, Infections Up 2,764

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.01.

Fully 130 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 2,764 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 325,278, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday.

The death toll has risen to 9,667, while the number of people who have made a recovery has increased to 157,063.

The number of active infections stands at 158,548, while there are 5,648 hospitalised Covid patients, 401 on a ventilator.

Altogether 20,057 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 2,675,247.

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: Gov't Suspends Curfew for One Night on December 24
Coronavirus: Gov't Suspends Curfew for One Night on December 24

The government has decided to suspend the night curfew introduced as a result of coronavirus for one night on December 24, Róbert Kiss, the deputy head of the operative board coordinating response to the epidemic, said on Monday. The curfew regulation was introduced in early November to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It was […]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.

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

Detailed data on the more than 83 million confirmed cases worldwide, and more than 59 million recoveries can be found here and here by country.

Featured photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI