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May 06, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Number of deaths and rate of coronavirus spread still highest in Budapest

At today’s press conference, members of the Coronavirus Operational Group reported that they have been monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and have found that strict restrictions need to be maintained in Budapest. Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining for two days in a row.

Speaking at the Coronavirus Operational Group’s regular press conference earlier today, Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss confirmed that nine out of 10 coronavirus-related fatalities during the previous 24 hours had occurred in Budapest and its suburbs. Kiss stated that they are monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and have so far found that strict restrictions need to be maintained in Budapest.

“72 percent of new COVID-19 cases came from Budapest and its surroundings,” Kiss said, adding that there are currently 10,628 compulsory home quarantines in effect, and police officers have had to impose sanctions in 1,522 cases for violating regulations.

Revealing some good news, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining for two days in a row. “Currently, there are 1,979 active cases and 759 have already recovered from the disease,” Müller said. Meanwhile, a total of 373 people have succumbed to the virus so far. These deaths, according to the CMO, have been “largely defined” by underlying conditions.

“964 people are being treated in hospitals, nearly half of all active cases, with many recuperating at home because they only show light symptoms,” Müller said. At the moment, 50 patients are on ventilators, she continued, and the National Public Health Center has carried out a total of 88,735 tests.

While normal outpatient care is once again available, Chief Medical Officer Müller pointed out that people must schedule appointments ahead of time for all healthcare services. “It is important that patients arrive at clinics only after previous appointments have been arranged,” she concluded.