COVID-19 in Hungary: 241 fatalities in Thursday

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Hungarian authorities confirmed 5,216 new cases on Thursday, increasing the total since last March to 742,198. The disease claimed the lives of 241, mostly elderly or chronic, patients yesterday, bringing the death toll to 24,762.
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The number of new cases in recent days did not draw a clear trend line on the pandemic curve, and the drop in the seven-day rolling average was due to the Easter effect, so the numbers of coming days will provide some guidance. Today’s 5,216 newly reported cases were lower than one week ago, so the trend line moves downwards again, but a number above 5,000 still indicates a strong presence of the virus.

In his weekly Friday morning interview on public radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has already disclosed some of the daily data. There were 241 coronavirus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, increasing the total death toll to 24,762. Daily fatality figures have been slowly decreasing for the past few days but are still high, although the seven-day rolling average is now under 260.

The number of people treated in hospital is 9,459, of whom 1,117 are on ventilators. Both figures are lower than a day earlier, by 389 and 39, respectively.

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Authorities applied more than 32,000 tests in the past 24 hours, of which 16% came back positive.

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As Orbán also revealed, 3,145,592 people in Hungary have received the first dose of a vaccine and 1,349,314 people have already got both jabs. The ratios are now 32% and 13.8% of the population, respectively.

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Some 90% of the elderly who had registered have now been vaccinated, as have nearly half (49.6%) of those between 18 and 59. Registered teachers and people working in nurseries, kindergartens or schools will be vaccinated out of turn today and on Saturday.

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