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May 27, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Number of new infections still low

CMO Cecília Müller said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary per 100,000 inhabitants is 39, while this figure for Budapest stands at 103. With 22 new confirmed cases, the total number of infected grew to 3793. 1856 have recovered from COVID-19 so far.

Speaking about the latest coronavirus trends in Hungary, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that with 22 new coronavirus cases, the total number of infected grew to 3793. Meanwhile, she added, 1856 have already recovered and 505 died as a result of COVID-19.

In European comparison, the CMO continued, Hungary’s figure of 39 confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is promising. Müller revealed that the number of active cases dropped to 1432, 41 percent of whom reside in Budapest and the rest in rural Hungary. Currently, out of the 430 patients undergoing hospital treatment 25 people are on ventilators.

Responding to the World Health Organization’s concerns regarding potential delays in infant vaccination due to the coronavirus pandemic, CMO Cecília Müller said that there is no such delay in Hungary and all children have been properly vaccinated. She added that there are several research groups in Hungary that are looking for preventive methods to counter the spread of the virus. One of these groups at the National Healthcare Center, led by Tamás Pándics, is working on a method to identify coronavirus spread in the environment.

Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss said at the press conference that more details about ceasing the state of danger can be expected at tomorrow’s Kormányinfo event. “The extraordinary legal order could be replaced by a state of epidemiological crisis,” Kiss added.

The press conference was also attended by Balázs Fürjes, State Secretary for Budapest and the Capital’s Metropolitan Area, who shared details about the government’s new, metropolitan home development program, aimed at securing affordable accommodation for families in previous industrial districts.