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Jun 08, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: First wave of coronavirus will soon be behind us

At today’s Operational Group press conference, CMO Cecília Müller revealed the latest coronavirus figures from Hungary. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss spoke about the easing of border-crossing rules with select countries.

Speaking at the Operational Group’s press conference earlier today, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that the first wave of coronavirus will “soon be behind us,” as the number of recovered patients in Hungary is now double the number of active COVID-19 cases.

During the last 24 hours, Müller said, there were six new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of patients to 4,014. “Two elderly patients with underlying chronic conditions have passed away, so the number of deceased now stands at 548,” the CMO reported, adding that 2,284 have already recovered from the disease.

“Underlying conditions were not present in just 4 percent of those who have succumbed to the virus,” the chief medical officer said. Right now, there are 1,182 active cases in Hungary, 41 percent of whom reside in Budapest. 21 patients are currently on ventilators.

According to Müller, coronavirus first appeared in Hungary during the 10th week of the global pandemic and the number of new confirmed cases peaked in the 15th week. She said that most casualties occurred in the 16th week, when 91 people in Hungary died from COVID-19. Past that point, the CMO added, both the number of new cases and the number of deaths began to decline.

“Border control has been suspended on the Hungary-Slovakia and Hungary-Austria border sections since June 5,” Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss said, adding that German and Czech citizens may also enter Hungary now. The same conditions apply to all EEA citizens with a permanent residence in Hungary.

Meanwhile, 9,665 compulsory home quarantines are currently in force, with 798 cases where people have opted for authorities’ electronic method of supervision.