COVID-19: Hungary Extends Lockdown To February 1

This handout image realeased by the Hungarian Foreign Ministry on November 19, 2020, shows gloved hands of Hungarian officials unpacking the first load of a Russian-made coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine, arrived in their laboratory, in Budapest.  Matyas BORSOS / AFP / Hungarian Foreign Ministry KKP

Hungary has extended partial lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus until February 1, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday.

The measures — including a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am, a ban on gatherings, mandatory mask-wearing in public, and online tuition for high schools and universities — were brought in as part of a state of emergency in place since November 11.

“The (government’s) operational taskforce has decided to extend the restrictions currently in place until February 1,” Orban said during a state media interview.

“As long as there are not enough vaccines, we will stick to the restrictions we have,” he said.

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The prime minister said primary schools and kindergartens can remain open.

On Friday, Hungary reported 115 new deaths due to Covid-19, bringing the country’s overall death toll to 10,440, while the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals reached 5,297, with 372 on ventilators.


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