COVID-19: Hungary records highest number of daily fatalities this year

131 Hungarians died of coronavirus-related diseases over the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily Covid deaths recorded in the fifth wave of the pandemic. The death toll us up at 43,430, which places Hungary in the No.4 position in the world (or 3rd if we disregard Bosnia and Herzegovina with a 1.6 million population) in respect of the number of Covid deaths per one million population.

Every key metric shows that the fifth wave in the coronavirus pandemic caused by the highly-contagious Omicron variant is subsiding.

In the following you find all kinds of graphs that pretty much speak for themselves.

While the decline in the number of new cases, hospitalisations, and Covid patients needing mechanical ventilation is undoubtedly a welcome change, mortality statistics are dreadful. A new record of daily Covid deaths was recorded yesterday, with 131 people succumbing to the disease.

As the fifth wave is petering out, so is Hungarians' willingness to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

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Based on 7-day averages, hospitalisations have been dropping at an increasing rate for the third day in a row, while the week-on-week growth rate of the 7-day average of the number of Covid patients on ventilator has dropped for the seventh consecutive day row since this metric started to worsen on 28 January.


The number of Covid deaths is still extremely high considering that about 39% of the population (3.8 mn) received three doses of COVID-19 vaccines and about 63% (6.16 mn) had two shots, while a year ago only about 107,000 people had been protected by two doses. The 7-day average of Covid deaths has picked up again. 


Note that the aggregate number of Covid deaths since 28 August almost match the number a year earlier which is horrific.


If you were wondering how were were doing in terms of coronavirus-related mortality, here are the daily deaths figures and their accumulation for the period between 1 January and 21 February in 2021 and this year.

The trend is still ascending whether we look at the daily death figures or the number of deaths per the number of ventilated coronavirus patients (daily or 7-day averages, it doesn't matter).


Hospitalisation and ventilation stats show improvement any way we look at them.

How to read the following chart?
On the two charts below the 0% line is important. When the curves are under 0% there’s a decline, when they go over 0% it’s an increase.

More importantly, when a value is north of 0% but the curve descends, it means an increase at a slowing rate, rather than a decrease. If the curve is above 0% and ascending, it is an increase at an accelerating rate. When we are under 0% and the curve goes lower, it translates into an accelerating decrease, and when it goes up it marks a decelerating decrease.


As mentioned above, Hungarians' are not exactly keen on getting vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

The 7-day average is 879 for 1st doses, 2,250 for 2nd and 3,076 for 3rd shots.


Cover photo: Getty Images

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