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Jun 02, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: The epidemic curve has been trending downward for 10 days

“We are constantly analyzing foreign and domestic data and striving to compare Hungarian data with other countries in the world to prepare for the next wave,” Cecília Müller reported today at the Operational Group presser.

Touching upon the latest coronavirus figures at today’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that so far 532 people have died from coronavirus in Hungary, adding that “only 4 percent of these did not suffer from any known underlying disease.” The CMO also reported that “2,160 people have recovered, and the number of active infected people stands at 1,229, with 41 percent from Budapest and 59 percent from the countryside.”

“Our epidemic curve has been trending downward for 10 days; the epidemic is fading away,” Müller added, noting that “we are constantly analyzing foreign and domestic data and striving to compare Hungarian data with other countries in the world to prepare for the next wave.”

Introducing the data, the chief medical officer said that “of all domestic infections, 58 percent are female and 42 percent are male, while the 65-79 age group is the most affected by infections to date. For every 100,000 inhabitants, there are 40 infections and five deaths in Hungary.” She further added that according to flu tests and the surrounding investigation, “it can be said that the coronavirus arrived in Hungary at the beginning of March, as the January-February flu samples did not contain any coronavirus cases.”

Regarding travel, Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group,  said that “the goal is for Hungary to extend travel facilitation to as many countries as possible, in which bilateral agreements and rules introduced in the EU will continue to be authoritative. There are countries that have many more infections than Hungary, in which case it is justified to maintain strict regulations.”

“Transit corridors will remain in place as long as restrictions remain in any of the neighboring countries,” Colonel Lakatos concluded.