György Póta said that the fifth wave caused by the Omicron variant would be past its zenith in Hungary. However, he added that, until then, many children and young adults would catch the virus. Meanwhile, MTI published that 105 patients died of a Covid-related illness in the past 24 hours, and 16,435 new coronavirus infections were registered in Hungary.
According to blikk.hu, Mr Póta said it was good news that the number of patients treated in hospitals did not rise in the last few weeks despite the steep rise in the number of new infections. He highlighted that most children produce only light symptoms.
Young boy receives the first jab in a Hungarian hospital. Photo: MTI/Komka Péter
György Póta said that the fifth wave would be over in a couple of weeks thanks to the protective measures the government introduced.
He added that when Hungary would get past the fifth wave’s peak, the number of new infections would steeply decrease.
Many virologists say that the virulent Omicron variant can result in an almost complete immunisation against COVID-19. As a result, future waves would only cause symptoms similar to the common cold. Thus, we could finally say goodbye to any future restrictions.
So far, 6,369,089 people have received the first jab, while 6,111,632 have been double-jabbed. 3,712,974 Hungarians have received a booster shot. The number of active infections stands at 227,407, while hospitals are treating 4,588 Covid-19 patients, 168 of whom are intubated on a ventilator. The website said that the Omicron variant accounts for 94 per cent of all infections.
Since the first outbreak, 1,616,846 patients have been registered with the virus, while 41,741 deaths have been recorded. 1,347,698 people have made a full recovery.