Fully 97 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,862 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 381,875, koronavirus.gov.hu said. The death toll has risen to 13,444, while 287,134 people have made a recovery. The number of active infections has declined to 81,297, while there are 3,799 hospitalised Covid patients, 299 on a ventilator. Altogether 21,456 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests carried out has risen to 3,318,850. Hungary began rolling out the coronavirus vaccine in December. So far, 294,624 people have received their first jab, and 117,368 have been fully inoculated.
The government has extended coronavirus-related restrictions until March 1.
Most infections have been registered in Budapest (70,847) and Pest County (47,680) so far, followed by the counties of Hajdú-Bihar (21,520), Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (21,399) and Győr-Moson-Sopron (21,210). The county least affected by the infection is Tolna (8,449).
Several indicators of the coronavirus epidemic in Hungary are steadily rising, the chief medical officer said told a briefing. Like in many other European countries, the appearance of the UK variant had exacerbated virus transmissions, she said. “We had 1,862 more registered infections yesterday, which while relatively slight, could herald a faster rate of increase if the more infectious UK mutation gains ground,” she said, adding that measures to contain virus transmissions were still a top priority.