No protective measure can shield people from contracting the coronavirus, only the vaccine can, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday.
In a regular interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, the prime minister noted that the Delta variant of the virus was more aggressive and infectious than its previous variants.
Those who are inoculated against Covid are not in danger,
he said, adding at the same time that the virus was life threatening to those who have not been vaccinated. Not only are they likely to get infected, but they will also likely end up seriously ill and in hospital, Orbán warned, and encouraged everyone to get the vaccine. Until everyone is inoculated the virus will keep lingering, he said, adding that while less than one percent of those who are vaccinated fall ill with Covid, those who have not received the jab were ten times more at risk.
According to 444.hu, the prime minister cleared that the Hungarians would not support obligatory vaccination. But, based on surveys, people back the idea of putting that decision in the hands of the employers. And that is why the government decided so last week.
Based on the latest COVID news, eighty-three patients died of a Covid-related illness in the past 24 hours, while 6,804 new coronavirus infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday. So far 5,967,747 people have received a first jab, while 5,748,682 have been fully vaccinated. Fully 1,315,000 Hungarians have received a booster jab. The number of active infections stands at 56,260, while
hospitals are treating 3,629 Covid patients, 366 of whom need respiratory assistance.
Since the first outbreak, 892,164 infections have been registered, while the number of fatalities has risen to 31,184. Fully 804,720 people have made a recovery.