Covid Update: Steeply Declining Trend Of New Cases Recorded

  • 21 Apr 2021 6:20 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Covid Update: Steeply Declining Trend Of New Cases Recorded
The impact of Covid-19 vaccines can already be seen in Hungary's trend of declining daily new cases, the chief medical officer said, adding that the number of new cases recorded had fallen by 21% since last week.

Cecília Müller told an online press conference of the central coronavirus board that the average age of the patients was 45 years.

More than 4,326,000 people have registered for a vaccine, and 69% of them have already received their first dose, Müller said.

Fully 33.4% of the Hungarian population has been vaccinated, compared with the European Union average of 18.5%, she said.

Public trust in the vaccine is rising thanks in large part to a flow of positive news and scientific studies on the jabs that are also in use in Hungary, Müller said.

She said the arrival of new vaccine shipments in the country would accelerate inoculations and allow everyone who has registered to get their shot.

Monday saw a delivery of 68,800 doses of Moderna, to be used as second jabs, Müller said. On Tuesday, 72,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 248,040 doses of Pfizer vaccines are scheduled to arrive, she said, as is a delivery of second shots of Sputnik V. A shipment of the Sinopharm vaccine is also scheduled to arrive in the coming days, she added.

Szijjártó: 100,000 2nd Sputnik doses arriving in Hungary

Fully 100,000 second Sputnik vaccine doses are arriving in Hungary on Tuesday evening, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, has said on Facebook.

Also, a government freight plane will return from China in the second half of the week “packed” with the next Sinopharm shipment.

He said the plane’s crew would also be busy next week. Meanwhile, Szijjártó said on Tuesday he will travel to Switzerland, “an important political and economic ally”.

Switzerland, like Hungary, has withheld its vote for the UN global migration compact, he said, adding that Swiss businesses employed thousands of Hungarians through multitudes of investments in the country.

Hungary records 199 covid fatalities, 1,645 new infections

Fully 199 patients, generally elderly with co-morbidities, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,645 new infections were registered, said on Tuesday.

So far 3,317,052 people have received a first jab, while 1,400,703 have been fully vaccinated.

The number of active infections stands at 268,072, while hospitals are caring for 8,602 Covid patients, 980 of whom need respiratory assistance.

There are 43,841 people in official quarantine, while 5,157,082 tests have been officially carried out.

Since the first outbreak, 754,833 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen to 25,580.

Fully 461,181 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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