In his regular interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, Orbán said it was “good news” that some 700,000 people in Hungary are now protected against Covid-19, with 310,000 having received their first shots and 383,000 who are confirmed to have recovered from the disease. He noted, however, that the decline in new daily cases has come to a halt, with 99 deaths and 1,860 new infections recorded on Thursday. A total of 3,828 people are hospitalised with Covid-19, 299 of them on a ventilator. “The rules must remain in place,” the prime minister said. Orbán attributed Hungary’s recent rise in cases to the spread of the UK variant of the virus.
He added, at the same time, that Hungary did not need to impose further restrictions to combat the epidemic, saying that the country now had enough vaccines to offset the rise in cases. Orbán said that if Hungary could start vaccinating people with China’s Sinopharm jab, which he said would happen soon, all 2,448,000 people who have registered for a Covid shot could be inoculated by Easter.