Fully 103 patients, mostly elderly with an underlying illness, have died over the past 24 hours, while 4,140 new coronavirus infections have been registered, bringing the total number of infections since the outbreak in the spring to 118,918, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Tuesday. The death toll has risen to 2,596, while 27,585 people have made a recovery. There are 88,737 active infections and 6,153 hospitalised patients, 461 on a ventilator. Fully 36,078 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out stands at 1,238,467.
The government has restored the “special legal order”, allowing it to take fast action and a vote is being held today in parliament on extending by 90 days. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in a video on Facebook, announced the government will extend the curfew to be in force between 8pm and 5am, and restrict opening hours of shops and other services starting at midnight on Tuesday. Universities and secondary schools above the eighth grade will return to digital education while facilities for children under the age of 14 will remain open, he said. No more than ten people will be allowed to gather at private events or family gatherings, and sporting events will have to be held behind closed doors, he said. People can exercise outdoors but amateur team sports are banned, Orbán said. Parking has been made free of charge once again with a view to reducing crowds on public transport. So far most people have been registered in Budapest (29,358) and Pest County (15,451), followed by the counties of Győr-Moson-Sopron (8,468), Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (7,002) and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg (6,236). Tolna County has the fewest infections (1,478).