The number of people confirmed to be infected with novel coronavirus in Hungary has grown to 300, with more Hungarian citizens having tested positive, the government website koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday.
Of the 300 confirmed cases in the country, 10 are Iranian, 2 are British, one is Kazakh, another Vietnamese, and the remaining 286 are Hungarian, the website said.
The number of people confirmed as having recovered from the virus has risen from 28 to 34, it added. So far, ten people have died from the virus.
Altogether 100 people are in quarantine and a total of 9,275 test samples having been taken.
The epidemic in Hungary is at the stage of group infections spread in communities, the website said. Infected people can be found everywhere in the country and anyone could be already infected, it added.
Regarding another topic, Contacts with Hungarians living across the borders are being maintained during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the state secretary for relations with Hungarian communities abroad said.
In a statement, Árpád János Potápi said state-funded programmes for Hungarian communities across the borders are being moved online or postponed to the second half of the year.
The Hatartalanul programme that funds school trips for over 100,000 students is being postponed to October, Potápi said.
Students who work with Hungarian diasporas worldwide with grants from the Korosi Csoma and Petofi programmes will continue to work remotely with the help of mentors, he said.
The deadlines for tenders and competitions are being pushed back to ease the burden on applicants, Potapi said.
In the present critical situation, the priority is to protect “the lives and health of those around us and of ourselves, and thereby to preserve the nation,” he said.
Potapi called on Hungarians across the borders to “take the danger seriously, take care of the elderly around you, and stay at home.”