Due to an increase in coronavirus outbreaks, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday that Hungary has no room to relax its lockout steps just yet. He added that doctors will begin vaccinating expectant mothers with vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Orban stated that starting this weekend, the government intends to restrict the amount of shoppers permitted in stores, while likely leaving stores open later in the evening. On Saturday, the outcomes will be made official.
On Friday, Hungary announced a regular total of 275 COVID-19 deaths, which was a new high.
The country’s hospitals are under “extraordinary” strain, according to the country’s surgeon general, as the country becomes a hotspot in the third phase of a pandemic that has struck Central Europe extremely hard.
Orban said it was impossible to determine when the pandemic’s third outbreak, which engulfed the globe and was fueled by the dissemination of a more infectious version of the virus first found in Britain, would hit its apex. The big concern, he clarified, was how rapidly infections might continue to decrease after the high had passed.
“The next 1-2 weeks are going to be tough,” he told state radio.
He did claim, though, that once teachers and employees have been vaccinated, there is a “realistic possibility” that schools would reopen on April 19.
According to Orban, 71 percent of those over 65 who opted for a vaccine have been vaccinated, and 1.8 million residents in the nation of 10 million have obtained at minimum a first shot of a vaccine.
The Hungarian Medical Chamber released an alert earlier this week, urging citizens to restrict their shopping to once a week, stop public transit as far as possible, and cancel any non-essential domestic travel.
“They have been leading the world in mortality rates as a proportion of population for days,” the study stated. “Most hospital divisions already function as COVID departments, and intensive care units are facing numerous overloads.”