Fully 65 Covid-19 patients with underlying illnesses have died in Hungary over the past 24 hours while 3,286 have been officially diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total number of registered infections to 71,413, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday.
The death toll has risen to 1,699, while 17,953 have made a recovery. There are 51,761 active infections and 3,753 Covid patients being cared for in hospital, 267 on ventilators.
Fully 26,396 people are in official home quarantine, and the number of tests has increased to 1,048,580.
Border controls and restrictions on entry are still in place, and citizens have been asked to avoid participating in large events.
Wearing face masks is obligatory in shops, on public transport and in cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, health-care and social-care facilities. Starting next Monday, mask-wearing will also be mandatory at entertainment venues, restaurants and in catering facilities at sporting events. Restaurants and entertainment venues must close after 11pm. Also, a ban is in place on visits to hospitals and nursing homes.
Schools are on autumn break during which the facilities are undergoing disinfection, the portal said. It added that 86 kindergartens have gone on emergency breaks.
Hungary’s National Ambulance Service (OMSZ) has said that to meet the rising demand for Covid tests it will deploy an additional 200 mobile testing units with the help of the Interior Ministry over the coming days. The units will be made up of senior medical students trained by OMSZ and their vehicles will be supplied by the ministry.
Most registered infections are in Budapest (19,562), Pest County (8,985) and the counties of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen (4,517), Gyor-Moson-Sopron (4,362), Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg (3,737) and Hajdu-Bihar (3,434). Tolna County has the fewest infections (717).