One elderly Covid-19 patient, suffering from an underlying illness, has died and the number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has increased by 33 to 4,597 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday morning.
The number of fatalities increased to 600, while 3,463 people have made a recovery. There are 534 active infections and 74 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, eight on ventilators. Fully 7,227 people are in official home quarantine, while the number of tests carried out stands at 352,546. New restrictions on entering the country came into force on July 12, with the aim of preventing the import of infections from abroad. Foreign countries have been classed into three categories: red, yellow, green. The authorities are screening arrivals and taking action based on the severity of the infection rate in each country. This can include ordering home quarantine for 14 days and compulsory testing. The government and the chief medical officer review the classification of the countries on a weekly basis. To avoid a flare-up of the epidemic, the government has cancelled the celebrations that draw large crowds on the August 20 national holiday, including the fireworks and the air show. The ban on gatherings of more than 500 people has been extended beyond August 15. Most infections have been registered in Budapest (2,069), followed by Pest County (695) and the counties of Fejér (379), Komárom-Esztergom (313) and Zala (265). Békés County has the fewest infections (17).