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Hungary Has Set New Records for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

November 25, 2020

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary has set new records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and for patients being treated on ventilators. That's the case even as the number of registered daily cases showed a downward trend as the country’s lockdown passes its two-week mark.

Wednesday figures released on the government’s coronavirus website showed 7,718 patients were being treated in hospitals, of which 656 were on ventilators, both record highs. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths rose by 106 to 4,114 in the country of nearly 10 million inhabitants.

The seven-day rolling average of new registered cases has steadily declined for nearly a week, suggesting strict lockdown measures imposed two weeks ago could be helping to slow the spread of the virus. The measures include the closure of high schools and universities, an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, and limiting restaurants to home delivery.

However, the seven-day average of coronavirus tests has also declined in recent days, likely influencing the drop in new daily cases. The rolling average of daily deaths has not dropped below 100 for the past five days.

On Tuesday, Hungary’s emergency task force announced that exclusive shopping hours would be reserved for individuals over 65 years of age, a measure aimed at reducing potential contacts with the virus among the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable.

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