- 19 Apr 2021 12:32 PM
- Hungary Matters
János Szlávik warned that the British variant was spreading fast among younger people, and he called on the public to adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing rules.
When it comes to easing restrictions, the vaccinations rate and the drop in the number of new infections must be considered together, he said.
The number of Covid-related deaths is still stubbornly high, he said, adding that he was optimistic, however, that the number of new infections and fatalities would decline in the coming weeks and months.
The rate of decrease should determine the regime for easing restrictions, he added.
Szlávik called on all Hungarians to get vaccinated, adding that Hungary would reach herd immunity once 80-90% of people are fully inoculated.
He said a real possibility of infection hotspots could emerge. “It’s possible that coronavirus will stay with us for months or even years,” Szlávik said.
Latest Data: 197 covid fatalities, 2,680 new infections
Fully 197 patients, generally elderly with co-morbidities, died over the past 24 hours, while 2,680 new infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Monday. So far 3,266,425 fő people have received a first jab, while 1,391,381 have been fully vaccinated.
The number of active infections stands at 269,595, while hospitals are caring for 8,650 Covid patients, 1,052 of whom need respiratory assistance.
There are 45,132 people in official quarantine, while 5,144,130 tests have been officially carried out.
Since the first outbreak, 753,188 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen to 25,381.
Fully 458,212 people have made a recovery.
So far, most infections have been registered in Budapest and Pest County, followed by the counties of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Győr-Moson-Sopron and Hajdú-Bihar.
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