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Budapest,Hungary. Photo: kormany.hu

Altogether three patients have died in the past 24 hours, all of whom were elderly and had underlying illnesses, bringing the total number of fatalities to 470, while the number of registered novel coronavirus infections in Hungary increased by 42 to 3,598, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday morning.

Fully 1,454 hospitalised patients have made a recovery, while 10,931 are officially in home quarantine. The number of tests carried out stands at 142,729.

The website said Hungary is in the second phase and the virus was still spreading. The aim now, however, was to gradually resume normal living in line with a strict schedule, it added.

Budapest has the most registered infections (1,710 people), followed by Pest County (496) and Fejér County (361).

Békés County (11) has the fewest infections in Hungary.

High turnout at nationwide, representative testing

Fully 67.7 percent of those enlisted have participated in a nationwide representative testing for the novel coronavirus, a high turnout in European comparison, Béla Merkely, the dean of the Semmelweis University leading the testing, told news channel M1 on Tuesday.

Fully 18,000 people have been asked to submit to a PCR test, used to detect the virus in the mucus membrane of the nose and throat, Merkely said.

Campaigns of similar sizes had been conducted in Iceland and Slovenia, with turnouts of 36 percent and 46 percent respectively, he said.

The results will help researchers to gain a realistic picture of the situation in Hungary, he said, and thanked the participants for cooperating.

An extremely low number of Hungarians seem to have contracted the coronavirus,

Merkely said, adding that the final results are yet to come out. The number of infections is expected to be between 30,000 and 80,000, some 0.6-0.7 percent of the population, he said.

Latest count of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide at 0500 GMT, May 20

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, May 20 – Xinhua reports.

Country Confirmed Cases

World 4,900,155

U.S. 1,528,568
Russia 299,941
Brazil 271,885
Britain 250,138
Spain 232,037
Italy 226,699
France 180,933
Germany 177,778
Turkey 151,615
China 84,503

Source: MTI

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