Hungary reports 5,270 new COVID-19 cases in sharp rise

Omicron accounted for more than 11% of new cases, the
government said. Despite the rise in cases, the number of coronavirus patients
being treated in hospital was 3,090, down from 3,854 a week ago. In Hungary, a
country of close to 10 million people, 39,599 people have died of COVID-19
since the start of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which faces
elections in April, and opposes lockdowns for fear of stifling the economy, has
stepped up its vaccination campaign since November.

It is now offering shots to anyone, without prior
registration, and also booster shots to children aged 12-17.

Schools have reopened this week.

Wednesday’s data showed 5.99 million people had been fully
vaccinated, while 3.19 million had received booster shots.

Hungary has made booster shots mandatory for healthcare
workers, and vaccinations mandatory for all teachers. Protective masks have
been required in most indoor places since late November.

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