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Hungary Sees Worrying Resurgence In Covid-19 Cases

Hungary Today 2020.08.27.

For the first time since mid-June, the number of active cases in Hungary has increased to over 1,000. According to official data, compared to most European countries, the epidemic situation in Hungary is still somewhat better, but it has also become crystal clear that a resurgence in the spread of the virus has started here as well.

Last week in an interview, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that compared with Hungary, the status of the epidemic is worsening in many countries.

Looking at the official statistics of recent months, it does seem that unlike most European countries, the number of coronavirus cases in Hungary has increased to a smaller extent. In spite of this, it has also become clear that the epidemic situation is still rapidly increasing in the country.

Coronavirus: Registered Infections Up by 91
Coronavirus: Registered Infections Up by 91

The number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has risen by 91 to 5,379 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday morning. The number of fatalities remained unchanged at 614, and 3,757 people have made a recovery. There are 1,008 active infections and 69 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, […]Continue reading

The number of daily new registered cases increased by 91 on Thursday after 73 on Wednesday. This is a rather significant daily surge compared to prior data from the summer. The worrying fact is that the last time we saw such a daily hike was in April, when the virus spread the most rapidly in Hungary.

image via worldometers.info

The situation is similar if we take a look at the number of active cases, which is now over 1,000 for the first time since June 15th.

It is somewhat reassuring that new infections are scattered cases, and we are not referring to clusters.

According to the government, the novel coronavirus coming in from abroad remains the biggest threat facing Hungary; therefore, stricter restrictions can be expected in September. Exact further measures will be discussed at this week’s cabinet meeting on Friday. However, this will not be that easy, as several members of the government are now in home quarantine after coming into contact with a person later registered as infected. The person in question is Fidesz communication director István Hollik, who said he had not left the country in the past weeks.

Fidesz Communication Director Infected with Coronavirus
Fidesz Communication Director Infected with Coronavirus

István Hollik, the communications director for Fidesz, is infected with the coronavirus. This probably explains why Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and his deputy, Balázs Orbán, were also placed in official quarantine, as they had a joint meeting with Hollik a few days ago, Hungarian pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet writes. The […]Continue reading

New actions like (re)introducing protective measures will certainly be necessary especially if we consider that we are only days from schools reopening, with many families arriving from a summer vacation spent abroad, and soon we will have to face the combined threat of Covid-19 and the flu season as well.

Featured photo by Attila Balázs/MTI 


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