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Fire breaks out in Eastern Hungarian Covid ward

Number of vaccinated to reach 2.5 million in days

The number of Hungarians vaccinated against the coronavirus will reach 2.5 million "1-2 days after Easter", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message posted on his social media page on Sunday.

The prime minister paid a visit to pharmaceutical company Hungaropharma’s base in Budapest early on Easter Sunday, the PM’s press chief told MTI. Covid vaccines are shipped from the base to inoculation points early every morning, Bertalan Havasi said.

In his video message, Orbán acknowledged the contributions of warehouse workers, pilots and drivers to the vaccination rollout, as well as that of doctors and nurses.

“They do this work every morning. It’s the same today, and we have good chance, if things go as planned tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, to reach the 2.5 million inoculated mark 1-2 days after Easter,” he said.

Hungary’s government will start easing pandemic restrictions gradually after 2.5 million Hungarians have received at least their first jab of Covid vaccine.

Fire extinguished in Covid ward; no injuries

A fire broke out in a Covid ward of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Hatvan, eastern Hungary, early on Sunday, but caused no injuries, the hospital’s communications director told MTI.

Krisztina Zelnik said a 28-bed, non-intensive care unit ward was evacuated. The building is being aired out and damages repaired, she said, adding that the fire would not cause any protracted disruption of patient care or the operation of the hospital.

Disaster management officials earlier said the fire broke out in a ward on the first storey of one of the hospital wings, and staff evacuated three wards.

A county disaster management official said seven firetrucks with 22 firefighters from Hatvan and nearby cities had arrived at the scene, extinguishing the flames in a short time. The cause of the fire is being investigated, Csaba Nagy said.

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