Fully 103 Covid-19 patients, most of them elderly with underlying illnesses, have died in Hungary over the past 24 hours, while 4,709 have been officially diagnosed with Covid-19, bringing the total number of registered infections to 99,625, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday. The death toll has risen to 2,250 while 23,213 have made a recovery. There are 74,162 active infections and 5,489 hospitalised Covid patients, 391 on ventilators. Fully 34,603 people are in official home quarantine, and the total number of tests carried out since the first outbreak has increased to 1,167,641.
The government on Tuesday evening announced new restrictive measures and a “special legal order”. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in a video on Facebook, called on lawmakers to reintroduce the special legal order for 90 days and announced a curfew between midnight and 5am. Nightclubs have been ordered to close. Also, parking will be made free of charge once again with a view to reducing crowds on public transport, he said. The prime minister said sporting events, cinemas and theatres will have to restrict audiences to using every third seat, and face masks must be worn. The authorities will inspect all events and fine transgressors. Venues that fail to observe the rules will be shut down immediately, he added. Border controls and restrictions on entry are still in place and previous restrictions on visits to hospitals and social care facilities still apply. Most registered infections are in Budapest (25,595), Pest County (12,849) and the counties of Győr-Moson-Sopron (6,322), Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (6,109) and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg (5,460). Tolna County has the fewest infections (1,108).
Meanwhile, Slovenia has listed Hungary among countries with “an unstable epidemiological situation”, requiring entrants from the country to quarantine for ten days or produce a negative coronavirus test no older than 48 hours. Other additions to the list include Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Italy, with the exception of Calabria region. The restrictions are expected to come into force on Monday.