Eight Covid-19 patients, all suffering from underlying illnesses, have died in the past 24 hours, while the number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has risen by 581 to 14,460, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday morning.
The number of fatalities stands at 654, and 4,153 people have made a recovery. There are 9,653 active infections and 324 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospital, 18 on ventilators. Altogether 29,005 people are in official home quarantine and 567,691 tests have been carried out. The website warned Hungarians to observe social distancing guidelines and hygiene regulations.
The government closed borders to foreigners from Sept 1, with certain exceptions, re-introducing border protection measures in force during the first wave of the epidemic. The Budapest municipality tightened regulations on mask-wearing in public places and introduced fines for violators and establishment owners. Most infections have been registered in Budapest (6,202), followed by Pest County (2,031) and the counties of Fejér (799), Hajdú-Bihar (532), Győr-Moson-Sopron (523), and Komárom-Esztergom (502). Békés County has the fewest infections (90).