Hungary to resume cancer screenings

Virus traces in waste water falling

The trace amounts of coronavirus in waste water, an indicator of the course of the epidemic in the coming period, is falling nationwide, the leading infectologist of Budapest's South Pest Central Hospital said on Wednesday.

Janos Szlavik told news channel M1 that while the number of hospitalised patients is falling accordingly, the caseload at ICU units remains extremely high. This points to a slower decline in the number of fatalities, he said.

Currently, some 50-60 percent of the population is estimated to be protected from the coronavirus either through vaccination or because they have already recovered from the virus. Some 1-3 million more people still need to be inoculated for transmissions in the country to be halted, Szlavik said.

He added that the pandemic situation was at a critical juncture and he called on the public to “stand together” and ignore “false prophets”.

188 fatalities, 1,692 new infections

Fully 188 patients, generally elderly with co-morbidities, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,692 new infections were registered, said on Wednesday. So far 3,774,221 people have received a first jab, while 1,773,900 have been fully vaccinated.

The number of active infections stands at 250,143, while hospitals are treating 5,907 Covid patients, 702 of whom need respiratory assistance.

There are 33,429 people in official quarantine, while 5,327,413 tests have been officially carried out.

Since the first outbreak, 774,399 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen to 27,172. Fully 497,084 people have made a recovery.

So far, most infections have been registered in Budapest and Pest County, followed by the counties of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen, Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Hajdu-Bihar.

Hungary to resume cancer screenings

Hungary will resume organised cancer screenings on Thursday, after putting them on hold due to the pandemic, the human resources minister has said. Hungary in recent weeks was able to overcome the most critical phase of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic while guaranteeing care for all patients, Miklos Kasler said on Facebook.

The minister underscored the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine in curbing the pandemic, encouraging the public to register for the jab.

Vaccination of inmates begins

The vaccination of inmates has begun in Hungary’s prisons, the national law enforcement directorate said on Wednesday. Fully 11,351, or 65 percent, of them, have registered for getting a jab, BvOP told MTI, adding that they will receive the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.


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