Hungarian Chief Medical Officer: Omicron Responsible for 98% of Infections

  • 11 Feb 2022 9:11 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungarian Chief Medical Officer: Omicron Responsible for 98% of Infections
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus caused 98% of all infections last week, Hungary’s chief medical officer said on Thursday, and called on Hungarians to take the third jab to bolster protection, which she said waned four months after the second jab.

Cecília Müller told news channel M1 that the “stealth” subvariant of omicron is more difficult to detect and more infectious than other subvariants, but its clinical symptoms are similar.

Meanwhile, trace amounts of the coronavirus in waste water, an indicator of trends of the epidemic in the coming weeks, stagnated last week, Müller said.

The method was developed by Hungary’s National Public Health Centre (NNK), and the WHO is recommending it for use in other countries, Müller said. 

Hungary Records 11,559 New Coronavirus Infections, 91 Deaths

Altogether 91 patients died of a Covid-related illness in the past 24 hours, while 11,559 new coronavirus infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday.

So far 6,379,065 people have received a first jab, while 6,131,361 have been double-jabbed. Fully 3,754,698 Hungarians have received a booster shot.

The number of active infections stands at 229,710, while hospitals are treating 5,152 Covid-19 patients, 209 of whom are intubated on a ventilator.

Since the first outbreak, 1,695,991 have been registered with the virus, while 42,360 deaths have been recorded. Fully 1,423,921 people have made a recovery.

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