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Sixty out of 94 elderly residents of the Rózsa Street care home in Budapest have tested positive for novel coronavirus during screening carried out by the municipality, the Mayor’s Office said in a statement on Saturday. Four people with symptoms of COVID-19 have been transferred to hospital while the other residents are in good health.

The facility, in consultation with Hungary’s Chief Medical Officer, has introduced strict quarantine rules. Everything is being done to prevent the spread of the virus, the statement added.

Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, was told of patients who had been sent back from hospital to the care homes on Rózsa Street and Pesti Street without having been tested for coronavirus, the statement said.

The municipality, it added, calls on the government to change its standpoint on prohibiting screening, which sees it as “unnecessary cost”, immediately. All care homes for the elderly should be screened nationwide, it said. The municipality of the capital will continue to screen people living in care homes using its own resources, the statement said.

Earlier this week, 126 elderly residents of the Pesti Street care home were taken to the Korányi Institute, while an additional 56 people, who tested positive for coronavirus were transferred yesterday to the St. János Hospital.

Coronavirus: Chief Medical Officer Orders Investigation in Care Home

The chief medical officer said that the elderly residents experienced mild or no symptoms and none of them needed intensive care or ventilation. They are now under quarantine. At the same time, Müller had ordered the disinfection of the home with the involvement of the army.

featured photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI


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