The fourth wave of the novel coronavirus seems to have reached Europe, and as the infection numbers reveal, the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 is even more infectious than other variants before. But what are the current measures in Hungary?
At the time of writing this article, there are no major restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus in Hungary, but because of the growing number of infections both in the neighbouring countries and within Hungary itself, the public has many questions, and the government is currently holding meetings on the matter.
If you want to attend an event but are uncertain of the applicable restrictions, you can always contact the organisers who can provide more detailed information.
Hungary is currently focusing its coronavirus prevention on vaccinating its population. There are currently over 5,579,000 people who have been fully vaccinated. Hungary was also the first country in the EU to introduce the possibility of a third jab. Currently, there are 626,000 people who have received their booster jab.
The latest changes include schools and contact tracing. According to Népszava, the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources has disallowed schools to change to online education or order educational measures (cancelling classes, suspending education, etc.) in some grades.
According to the restriction, classes that have students over 12, meaning that vaccination is available to them, cannot change to online education. Although the schools themselves cannot order quarantine for these classes, they are still subject to epidemiological measures going forward.
Additionally, contact tracing in schools has changed, Népszava said. According to the modifications, people in schools, including educators, students, and any staff members, are not subject to contact tracing if they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus within the last six months, even if someone in their immediate family member has been infected.
RTL Klub also tried to get some information concerning the current state of epidemiological measures in workplaces, but the President of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry told them that “there is no protocol, everyone strives to maintain their business”.
The Hungarian National Centre for Public Health told the channel that those who have been in contact with a person infected by the coronavirus but have been fully vaccinated can continue to go to work.
Virologist Miklós Rusvai advised that such people use masks in enclosed spaces. The expert added that if you are feeling ill, contact your general practitioner and follow their advice.
“Although vaccinated people can still go to work even if they have contacted someone with the virus, if they have a positive test themselves, they too must be quarantined for 10 days. Only healthy contacts are exempt from quarantine,” reports 24.
Sources: 24.hu, Rtlmost.hu, Femcafe.hu, Nepszava.hu
Source: 24.hu, Rtlmost.hu, Femcafe.hu, Nepszava.hu