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Coronavirus: New Variants Confirmed in 15 New Cases

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.07.22.

Tests by the National Public Health Centre (NNK) showed the presence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in 14 new cases and the gamma variant in one new case, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday.

Addressing a regular press briefing, Gergely Gulyás said that altogether 23 people have been tested positive with the delta variant in Hungary and two with the gamma variant so far. Most experts agree that the delta variant is spreading at a much faster pace than any other variants detected earlier, the minister said.

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Gulyás emphasised the importance of vaccination, insisting that it is the sole tool of protection against any variant of Covid-19. “Only a country where the number of vaccinations is very high will become protected,” he said, asking Hungarians who are yet to receive a vaccine to register for inoculation. Booster shots will be available from August 1.

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