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Hungary new daily COVID-19 infections highest since the end of March

People enjoy the evening outside a bar after the Hungarian government allows the reopening of outdoor patios as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Budapest, Hungary, April 24, 2021. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Hungary reported 10,265 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, the highest daily number since late March, the government said on its official coronavirus website.

The daily count is approaching the peak of 11,265 that was reached during the third wave of the pandemic in a country that has hardly any restrictions and whose vaccination rate is below the European Union average.

A new wave of COVID-19 infections has swept through Central Europe, with hospitals in some countries, such as neighboring Romania, struggling to cope. Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have all tightened mask-wearing rules and have taken measures to curb infections.

In Hungary, the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who faces close elections in early 2022, has urged people to take vaccines and announced mandatory vaccinations at state institutions, giving private companies the option to also mandate vaccinations. for employees.

But it has waived mandating masks in closed spaces — except on public transport and hospitals — and no other restrictions are in place. On Tuesday, the government said it is monitoring the cases and “will take further action if necessary”.

The government has not responded to questions from Reuters by email.

Hungary, a country of 10 million inhabitants, has reported 32,514 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, but only 5.78 million of people have been fully vaccinated. More than 1.66 million people have received a booster injection.

Reporting by Krisztina Than and Anita Komuves; Editing by Toby Chopra and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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