Hungary’s COVID daily tally tops 3,000 for the first time

Andras Szukup, a Roma activist carries food donation at a slum during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Miskolc, Hungary

Hungary reported 3,149 new COVID cases on Sunday, its highest single-day tally, and jumping above 3,000 for the first time, the government said.

The total number of cases rose to 59,247 in the country of 10 million, with 35 new deaths taking the total to 1,425.

Although coronavirus cases have been rising sharply since late August, Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban is seeking to avoid a repeat of the spring lockdown that sent the economy dropping by 13.6% in the second quarter.

Hungarian schools are functioning as usual, and apart from closing borders to foreigners, the administration has not imposed significant limitations on events.

Orban’s cabinet chief Gergely Gulyas said that the government proposed no new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus and that schools would open as usual after the autumn break, which ends on Nov. 1.

“The government is committed to keeping schools running as normal,” Gulyas said.

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