New Covid Variants Now Present in Hungary - Should You Be Concerned?

  • 12 Jan 2023 10:36 AM
  • Hungary Matters
New Covid Variants Now Present in Hungary - Should You Be Concerned?
New Covid variants present in Hungary are no reason for concern because they are causing only mild symptoms despite being more contagious than previous variants, János Szlávik, chief infectologist at the South Pest Centrum Hospital, told public broadcaster M1.

Szlávik said the latest sub-variant spreading in Europe dubbed Kraken may also be present in Hungary but had not become dominant.

In the case of the variants present in Hungary, three vaccinations can effectively prevent serious illness and the need for hospitalisation, he added.

The flu virus is expected to spread more actively in Hungary in the months ahead, so children under 5, adults over 60, pregnant women and people suffering from chronic illnesses are advised to get vaccinated, he said.

Coronavirus - 1,597 New Infections, 32 Deaths Last Week

Fully 1,597 new infections were confirmed last week, while there were 32 fatalities in connection with Covid-19, the Coronavirus Press Centre said on Wednesday.

The number of active infections stands at 11,349, they said. Currently, 727 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital, 36 intubated on a ventilator.

Altogether 6,420,987 people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with 6,207,423 having received a second jab, 3,903,953 a third, and 416,083 a fourth.

The number of registered infections since the start of the pandemic has reached 2,190,334 in Hungary, while there have been 48,578 deaths.

Fully 2,130,407 people have made a recovery.

MTI Photo: Attila Kovács

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