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One Covid-19 patient, a 50 year-old man suffering from an underlying illness, has died and he number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has increased by 21 to 4,526 over the past 24 hours, said on Saturday morning.

The number of fatalities increased to 597, while 3,364 people have made a recovery.

There are 565 active infections and 73 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, six on ventilators.

Fully 7,782 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out stands at 342,887.

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. The current ban on gatherings of more than 500 people will be extended beyond August 15.

Most infections have been registered in Budapest (2,061), followed by Pest County (690) and the counties of Fejer (379), Komarom-Esztergom (312) and Zala (265). Tolna County has the fewest infections (15).

Source: MTI

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