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Hungary’s COVID-19 cases top 40,000


BUDAPEST, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — Hungary registered 920 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the national total to 40,782, according to the government’s coronavirus information website.

Currently, 1,538 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, 156 of whom are on ventilators. The country to date has 12,164 recoveries and 1,023 fatalities.

Hungary’s total COVID-19 cases topped 10,000 on Sept. 10, 20,000 on Sept. 23, and 30,000 on Oct. 4.

“The second wave of the epidemic is taking place in Hungary. The government’s goal is to keep the country functioning and not let the virus paralyze everyday life. However, this requires commitment to general precautions,” the government said when publishing the latest figures.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that Hungary will procure a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which will be made available to all citizens who want it.

Orban explained that his administration was conducting talks with the United States, Japan, China and Russia on vaccine procurement. Hungary had also contributed to research programs funded by the European Union.

As the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe are racing to find a vaccine. According to the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), as of Oct. 2, there were 193 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 42 of them were in clinical trials. Enditem


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