Hungary is deep in the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with “the hard part still to come”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his regular weekly interview on public radio on Friday, adding that “the only thing that ensures protection is the jab”.
Those that are not inoculated are in “mortal danger”, Orbán said, but warned that the unvaccinated “pose a danger not only to themselves but to all others”. He warned that restrictive measures could not provide protection against the virus, just slow down its spread among the population.
Four to six months after the second shot immunisation will decrease,
and it is justified to take a booster, he said. “If everybody were inoculated, there would be no fourth wave or it would be just a small one,” the prime minister said. With everybody inoculated there will be no fifth wave, he said, adding that “we cannot avoid that everybody should be inoculated at the end of the day”.
Altogether 135 patients died of a Covid-related illness during the past 24 hours, while 11,289 new coronavirus infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday. So far 6,017,807 people have received a first jab, while 5,788,775 have been fully vaccinated. Fully 1,765,000 Hungarians have received a booster jab.
The number of active infections stands at 128,124, while hospitals are treating 6,122 Covid-19 patients, 613 of whom need respiratory assistance. Since the first outbreak, 998,488 infections have been registered, while
the number of fatalities has risen to 32,780.
Fully 837,584 people have made a recovery. There are 59,177 people in official quarantine, while the number of tests taken stands at 8,006,581.