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Coronavirus: 137 Fatalities, Infections Up 1,972

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.12.30.

Fully 137 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,972 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 319,543, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday.

The death toll has risen to 9,429, while the number of people who have made a recovery has increased to 144,234.

The number of active infections stands at 165,880, while there are 6,115 hospitalised Covid patients, 425 on a ventilator.

Altogether 19,496 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 2,639,729.

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.

Curfew Restrictions Remain in Place During New Year's Eve, Fireworks Prohibited
Curfew Restrictions Remain in Place During New Year's Eve, Fireworks Prohibited

In early December, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that the curfew restrictions would be extended until January 11th. The public will be informed on December 21st about a possible suspension on Christmas Eve, but New Year’s Eve will certainly not be an exception. In addition, fireworks will also be prohibited on  New Year’s Eve, much […]Continue reading

Detailed data on the more than 82 million confirmed cases worldwide, and more than 58 million recoveries can be found here and here by country.

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