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The number of patients treated for Covid-19 in hospital and needing no respiratory support has dropped below 1,000 and the number of active infections is below 100,000 for the first time in a long while, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday.

The number of patients needing respiratory assistance is 121, Orbán told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio in his regular interview. The number of those with active infection stands at 84,719, he said. These people’s health is under threat, with some of them still struggling for their life, he added.
The prime minister said that some 25,000 people had received their first jab and 117,000 got their second shot on Thursday. “This is good news, but another 3 million adults have not yet been inoculated, and it is a scientific fact that this virus will not just go away,” Orbán said. He said many were wrong to believe that they could “escape” getting infected with coronavirus without being inoculated. “This virus will find even the very last person who is unprotected,” Orbán said, insisting that “only by getting vaccinated can we protect our own health and the health of our families”. Organising the vaccination drive has been a huge challenge and the fact that Hungary has performed better than the US in terms of first vaccinations is reason for self-respect, he added.