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Ministry Refutes Claims that Half of Deceased Contracted Coronavirus in Hospitals

Fanni Kaszás 2020.07.21.

Last week, we reported that National Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller had informed Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony on July 14th, based on data processed at the National Center for Public Health, that since the onset of the epidemic, COVID-19 infection has been confirmed by PCR tests in 1,062 individuals due to nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections in healthcare facilities, 260 of whom have died in care. On Friday night, the Ministry of Human Resources responded in a statement, stating that “Gergely Karácsony and the opposition are deliberately misinterpreting the data provided in good faith by the chief medical officer.”

As we also wrote, as of July 14th, there was a total of 4,258 registered infections, which means that essentially every fourth patient who was diagnosed with the coronavirus contracted the disease while hospitalized. The number of patients who died due to the coronavirus was 595 at the time, which means every second person who died due to the virus became infected in a healthcare facility.

Coronavirus: Half of Deceased Contracted Infection in Hospitals

However, according to a statement issued by EMMI on Friday night, “Gergely Karácsony and the opposition are deliberately misinterpreting the data provided in good faith by the chief medical officer.” The communication also states that:

The number of patients infected with coronavirus in hospital is far from every one in four, as according to international standards, any infection that shows symptoms 48 hours after hospital admission should all be considered a nosocomial (hospital) infection.

They added that “the incubation period for the novel coronavirus infection ranges from one to fourteen days. This means that if a patient cared for in an institution develops symptoms characteristic of the infection within this time, it cannot be said that he or she was infected in that institution or was already admitted during the incubation period. Incidentally, the hospitals cared for hundreds of infected people brought from nursing homes, as was the case for the residents of the nursing home on Pesti Road. We regret to see that the epidemic continues to be used by the opposition for political battle.”

After the ministry, the National Center for Public Health also issued a rebuttal, drawing attention to the fact that the numbers look the way they look because of the definition of nosocomial infection, but have been “misinterpreted by several news reports.”

Featured photo by Károly Árvai/kormany.hu/MTI


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