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Apr 20, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Chief Medical Officer says virus will peak on May 3

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller revealed today that human resources are currently being secured to prepare for the estimated May 3 peak of the epidemic.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller revealed today that human resources are currently being secured to prepare for the estimated May 3 peak of the epidemic.

More than 1,000 people have so far applied as volunteers while 13,000 passed special training tests. “2,822 doctors, 8,800 nurses and 659 volunteers have already passed the exams,” Müller said.

Speaking at today’s Operational Group press conference, Müller confirmed that there are currently 811 patients undergoing treatment in Hungary’s hospitals, 60 of them are on ventilators. The number of tests is continuously growing and now stands at 48,057.

Meanwhile, confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary reached 1,984 and ten elderly people with underlying chronic conditions have passed away during the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 199. “267 have already left the hospital as recovered patients,” the Chief Medical Officer said.

Reporting on the number of compulsory home quarantines, Colonel lieutenant of the Hungarian Police Force, Róbert Kiss said the figures have been decreasing for days now. Currently, there are 11,240 cases of compulsory home quarantine in effect. “During last weekend, police officers had to take action in 3,955 cases due to the violation of movement restrictions,” Kiss said, adding that, so far, criminal proceedings were launched in 241 cases.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu