The number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has increased by nine to 4,544 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Monday.
The number of fatalities remains unchanged at 597, while 3,413 people have made a recovery.
There are 534 active infections and 74 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital, seven on ventilators.
There are 7,657 people in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out stands at 346,962.
New restrictions on entering the country came into force on July 12, with the aim of preventing the import of infections from abroad.
Foreign countries have been classed into three categories: red, yellow, green.
The authorities are screening arrivals and taking action based on the severity of the infection rate in each country. This can include ordering home quarantine for 14 days and compulsory testing. The government and the chief medical officer review the classification of the countries on a weekly basis.
To avoid a flare-up of the epidemic, the government has cancelled the celebrations that draw large crowds on the August 20 national holiday, including the fireworks and the air show.
Meanwhile, gatherings of more than 500 people are banned.
Most infections have been registered in Budapest (2,065), followed by Pest County (691) and the counties of Fejér (379), Komárom-Esztergom (312) and Zala (265). Békés County has the fewest infections (17).
The number of active coronavirus infections in Hungary is stagnating around 500-600 at present, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on public radio on Sunday.
Measures introduced a few weeks earlier, such as stepping up checks of foreign nationals entering the country or assigning countries to risk categories based on infection numbers have proved appropriate, Gulyás told Kossuth Radio.
He noted that the government decides on possible changes, such as the colour-coded country risk designations, each week, based on the recommendations of the Operative Board.
He said that
as long as nobody brings the virus into the country from abroad, Hungary’s Covid-19 infection rate could remain relatively low in a European comparison, while the current rules remain in place.
The following are the latest updates on the COVID-19 global confirmed cases in hardest-hit countries by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University at 0500 GMT, Aug. 3.
Country Confirmed Cases
South Africa 511,485