In total, 108 patients, generally elderly people with an underlying condition, died over the past 24 hours, and 6,201 new coronavirus infections have been registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Sunday.
The number of infections has risen to 466,017, while the death toll has increased to 15,873. The number of recoveries stands at 335,512.
There are 114,632 active infections, while hospitals are caring for 7,445 Covid-19 patients, 778 of whom are on ventilators.
Little over 44 thousand people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out is above 3.85 million.
Altogether 981,401 people have been vaccinated so far, with 307,573 having received a second shot.
Most infections have been registered in Budapest (87,832) and Pest County (60,882), followed by Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (26,690), Győr-Moson-Sopron (26,605), and Hajdú-Bihar counties (25,764). The county least affected by the infection is still Tolna (10,421).
Hungary closes down until March 22 to curb Covid-19 spread
Hungary will close most shops and services for two weeks and kindergartens and primary schools for the next month in an effort to curb the third wave of coronavirus infections, the prime minister’s chief of staff announced. MORE INFO HERE.
Shops, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, drugstores, tobacco shops, shops selling tools for “spring gardening”, pet food and fodder shops, and markets, will have to be closed, and services will have to stop, with the exception of private healthcare, social care, financial, postal, and car repair services, suspended between March 8 and 22. Florists will be allowed to open on March 8, international women’s day.
Kindergartens and primary schools will be closed from March 8 until April 7.
Gyms will continue to be closed for two weeks, but licenced athletes will be allowed to train and compete behind closed doors, Gulyás said. Parks will be allowed to stay open and outdoor sports will also be allowed for activities in which people can maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres, he said.
The government asks employers to ensure that their employees can work from home wherever possible, particularly in the case of those with children, Gulyás said. Mask-wearing remains mandatory outdoors, he said. Gulyás also said that Hungary would impose tighter controls on its borders, adding, however, that freight and transit traffic will not be restricted.
Wage subsidies and tax cuts introduced for the hospitality industry will be expanded for the period of the lockdown to all sectors forced to shut down by the new measures, Gulyás said.