Hungary has lifted coronavirus-related restrictions on business travellers entering the country from 13 states, the government website said late on Monday.
Fully 130 patients, generally elderly with an underlying condition, and 2,764 new coronavirus infection have been registered over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Tuesday.
The number of infections has risen to 435,689, while the death toll has increased to 15,188. The number of recoveries stands at 324,202.
There are 96,299 active infections, while hospitals are caring for 6,071 Covid patients, 581 of whom are on ventilators.
Fully 35,023 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out has increased to 3,693,390.
Altogether 721,677 people have been vaccinated so far, with 252,847 having received a second shot.
Most infections have been registered in Budapest (82,044) and Pest County (56,346), followed by Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (24,903), Győr-Moson-Sopron (24,545) and Hajdú-Bihar counties (24,150). The county least affected by the infection is Tolna (9,722).
Citizens, or those holding a residency permit and travelling on business, from the United States, China, Russia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, Singapore, Bahrein or the United Arab Emirates will be allowed into Hungary without restrictions, kormany.hu said.
The foreign minister and the interior minister are also compiling a list of countries from which Hungarian citizens travelling on business will be able to return to Hungary without restrictions, kormany.hu said.
Lieutant Colonel Róbert Kiss, a member of the operative board handling the coronavirus pandemic, said later on Tuesday that Hungarian business travellers returning from the European Union, the European Economic Area and aspiring EU member states are also exempt from the quarantine requirements mandatory for others.
The decree came into effect on Monday evening.
The government will keep coronavirus-related restrictions in place until March 15, and secondary schools will continue digital education, read more HERE.
A decree made commercial P+Rs, parking garages and parking lots in residential areas free of charge from 7:00 in the evening until 7:00 in the morning. Soldiers are helping the police in carrying out their duties in public areas. Soldiers have also been assigned to help out staff in 93 hospitals around Hungary.
The curfew is in force between 8pm and 5am, and work carried out beyond the home must be justified.
With the exception of pharmacies and petrol stations, shops can be open until 7pm. Hairdressers, masseurs and personal trainers must observe general curfew rules. Family and private events including birthday celebrations can be held with a maximum of ten people attending, children do not count in the headcount.
A major new rule is that face masks must be worn in public spaces in localities with more than 10,000 residents, though it is up to local mayors to decide which spaces the rule applies to. Restaurants are limited to offering takeaways, while hotels are not allowed to cater to tourists, only guests arriving for business, economic or educational purposes. Sports events must be held behind closed doors.
Also, leisure facilities such as fitness gyms, indoor swimming pools, museums, libraries, cinemas, zoos and skating rinks must suspend their services. Events, including cultural events, cannot be held under the special rules.
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