Covid-19 patients are being treated in 25 hospitals across the country, the chief medical officer said. Most of the patients are being treated in Budapest, Cecília Müller noted in an online press conference. Altogether 278 of Hungary’s 300 coronavirus victims were over 61 years, and only two patients have died who were younger than 40, she said. Müller said that the military has so far disinfected 300 elderly care homes nationwide. An outbreak of Covid-19 has been reported from 27 homes, where 628 seniors and 87 staff members contracted the virus, she said, adding that 317 senior patients have been hospitalised and 66 have died. She also said that 360 seniors in Budapest homes have tested positive, 49 of whom have died. Müller said virus transmission appeared to be levelling off, and restrictions could be gradually eased. She said the daily number of new cases had not increased for nearly a week.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the central board coordinating efforts against the epidemic said that the government, at its meeting on Wednesday, would discuss changes to curfew rules to be brought in from May 3 on. Róbert Kiss said that the epidemic is “in its second phase when restrictions can be eased gradually, according to a strict schedule”. Currently over 10,000 people are in home quarantine, Kiss said, adding that quarantine regulations have been violated on 1,325 occasions since March 12. Kiss said that on Tuesday the police fined 371 violators of curfew regulations and filed 311 criminal complaints. So far 78 people have been prosecuted on charges of spreading coronavirus-related rumours and 89 others on charges of fraud, he said.