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May 09, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: More and more people are recovering from the coronavirus in Hungary

The number of active COVID-19 cases has been on the decline for five days in a row now. However, there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the coronavirus.

Kristóf Gál, spokesperson for the Hungarian National Police Headquarters (ORFK), reported today that there are currently 3,213 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hungary, but the number of active cases has been declining for five days in a row. In more positive news, 409 patients have so far recovered from the virus.

Gál added that there has been a big jump in the number of tests taken since a comprehensive study was launched by three Hungarian medical universities to obtain information on the extent of the country's infection. Almost 18,000 more tests will be undertaken in the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, János Szlávik, Chief Infectologist at Szent László Hospital, said there are a lot of things we still do not know about the coronavirus. For example, “we still don’t know for sure where it comes from or how it passes to humans,” he said. “We don't even know exactly how the virus spreads from person to person. However, it is certain that it occurs in more and more body humors.”

The Chief Infectologist also pointed out that the risk of infection is at its greatest for 5-6 days after the onset of symptoms. “The biggest problem now is that there’s no vaccine, and we don’t know when there will be […], it’s possible that it will only be available next spring,” he said. “However, fortunately, more and more people are leaving the hospital in Hungary after recovering,” he concluded.