Mar 06, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Iranian students display mild symptoms

Hospital staff are now working to find the people the students have had contact with since returning to Hungary. Their partners have also been isolated and are being tested.

The Hungarian authorities have provided an update for the two Iranian students who tested positive with the new coronavirus infection on Wednesday.

János Szlávik, head of the infectology department of St. László Hospital, said the students have mild symptoms and no fever.

Szlávik added that the cases are isolated; the two young men do not know each other, noting that one of them returned from Iran to carry on with his studies on Feb. 22, while the other arrived on Feb. 28.

According to MTI, hospital staff are now working to find the people they have had contact with since then, adding that their partners have also been isolated and are being tested. Szlávik noted that recovery from the Covid-19 disease caused by coronavirus usually takes 10-14 days.

A group of 11 Hungarian students, two teachers and two drivers, quarantined on their return from Italy could be released from hospital on Sunday, while a dentist and their assistant may leave the next day. Szlávik said that all of them are well and probably not infected.

Meanwhile, Budapest’s Semmelweis University has said it is postponing an international clinical conference originally scheduled to be held next week because of the new virus outbreak. The university said it will organize the two-day conference at a later date. One of the two Iranian students diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday is enrolled at Semmelweis University.

Budapest’s deputy Mayor Kata Tüttő said the city will not cancel major events due to the new coronavirus outbreak until the operative board coordinating the response makes such a request.

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