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May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Vaccine development is moving along nicely

The development of a vaccine against the coronavirus has started and is moving along within the government's research plan.

 

During today's Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said the epidemic curve is still pointing downwards. She also reported on the development of a national vaccine factory which is currently underway. The development of a vaccine against the coronavirus has also started and is moving along within the government's research plan.

Müller also drew attention to the flattening of the epidemic curve. Müller said that the number of infections currently stand at 3,678 while the total number of deceased is 476.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 1,615. The results show that 44 percent of those infected, 61 percent of the deceased, and 48 percent of those recovered live in Budapest or Pest County. There are currently 483 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, 23 of those are on ventilators.

The Chief Medical Officer also reported that the number of infected people in Hungary is 37.6 per 100,000 people. In Budapest, this ratio is 100, in Zala county it is 90 while in Fejér county it is 87 patients per 100,000 people. The number of the deceased is five for every 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Róbert Kiss announced that Austrian and Hungarian citizens can enter each country without home quarantine if they can prove that they are not infected with a paper in Hungarian or English no older than four days.

Kiss also spoke about the fact that Romanian citizens arriving at or traveling to Liszt Ferenc Airport are exempt from the official home quarantine rules. The condition for the entry of transit passengers is that they submit to a medical examination, they must have a valid flight ticket and are allowed access to the destination country.

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