BUDAPEST — The daily COVID-19 death total in Hungary went above 200 for the first time on Thursday as a record number of patients are treated in hospitals, making the Central European country one of the hardest-hit in Europe.
The 207 new deaths broke the previous record of 195 set the previous day, bringing total deaths to 17,628 in the country of fewer than 10 million. Hungary has the world’s 7th highest COVID-19 death rate per 1 million inhabitants, coming in just behind the United Kingdom, according to John’s Hopkins University.
The number of patients being treated in hospitals continues to break records day by day, with 10,386 patients hospitalized on Thursday, 1,170 of which are on ventilators.
Health officials have attributed the powerful surge in Hungary to the spread of a variant of the coronavirus first discovered in the United Kingdom, which Chief Medical Officer Cecila Muller said is “practically raging” through the country.
Hungarian officials have been critical of the European Union’s vaccine rollout, and hope a large quantity of vaccines purchased from Russia and China will bring an end to the surge.