Fully 213 patients, generally elderly with co-morbidities, died over the past 24 hours, while 3,874 new infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Monday.
So far 2,362,839 people have received a first jab, while 913,012 have been fully vaccinated. 23.7% of the Hungarian population have been vaccinated and 83% of people aged 65 have received the jab.
The number of active infections has risen to 249,841, while hospitals are caring for 11,806 Covid patients, 1,451 of whom need respiratory assistance.
Since the first outbreak, 689,853 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen to 21,928. Fully 418,084 people have made a recovery.
Hungary has no room to loosen lockdown measures yet due to a rise in coronavirus infections.
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 Easter.
Kindergartens and primary schools will be closed from March 8 until April 19.
Gyms will continue to be closed for two weeks, but licenced athletes will be allowed to train and compete behind closed doors. 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. The government asks employers to ensure that their employees can work from home wherever possible, particularly in the case of those with children.
Mask-wearing remains mandatory outdoors.
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. The police is strictly inspecting that everyone abides the above restrictions.