2,362,839 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hungary. 913,012 have already received the second dose of the vaccine.
With 3,874 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hungary, the number of total cases now stands at 689,853. Meanwhile, 213 more Hungarians succumbed to the virus yesterday and the number of those who have recovered grew to 418,084. The number of active coronavirus cases now stands at 249,841.
There are currently 11,806 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 1,451 of whom are on ventilators.
In order to protect all lives during the pandemic, the following restrictive measures will be in force beginning March 8:
- Nurseries and primary schools will be closed until April 7. Digital learning in secondary schools and higher education remains in place.
- All non-essential shops must remain closed.
- All services, with a few exceptions, e.g. private healthcare, are suspended.
- A curfew remains in place between 8:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Obligatory, universal mask-wearing.
- Restaurants remain closed except for takeout and delivery.
- Physical distancing of one-and-a-half meters will remain in place.
- Employers are asked to ensure their employees can work from home if possible.
- Fitness centers and gyms will have to close as well. Outdoor sports activities are permitted if the minimum 1.5-meter distance can be kept. Professional athletes must compete behind closed doors.
- Public areas and parks remain open.
- International travel will be tightened.
- Ban on visitation in hospitals and elderly homes.
- All forms of assembly are forbidden.
- Free public parking.
- The wage support and tax benefit program already in place for hotels, bars and restaurants will be extended to cover all shops and services that need to close.
The Hungarian Police will enforce these restrictions by imposing fines and closing up places that violate the special rules.