Hungary will begin gradually easing restrictions on the coronavirus within a few days, the government said on Monday (April 5th), as it expects 25% of the 10 million population to be inoculated by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who faces a year-long election, is walking a tight rope between the blockade to tame the world’s deadliest wave of COVID-19 and the need to reopen the economy to avoid a second year of deep recession.
The Central European country reported record deaths from coronavirus last week, and doctors described hospitals filling up over capacity, signaling that the government may be forced to delay reopening.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Hungary has had the most weekly deaths per capita in the world for several weeks.
His health care system is under extreme stress, the government said, despite vaccinating a fifth of the population in one of the fastest inoculation plants in Europe.
Nearly 12,000 patients with coronavirus were in the hospital on Sunday, of which 1,451 were on ventilators, the government announced on Monday.
But the government has also vaccinated among the most citizens per capita in the European Union and imported the largest number of vaccine doses into the EU per capita, helping the rapid urge to inoculate.
His statement on Monday said that, after removing the 25% mark, he would shorten the night curfew to start at 10 pm instead of 8 am, and allow all stores to be open until 9:30 pm as long as they have a maximum of one customer. per 10 square meters (108 square feet) of surface.
Hotels will remain closed, as will restaurants, except for delivery and delivery.
Schools will reopen in mid-April after teachers are inoculated, the government said.
Groups of doctors and teachers proposed stricter rules, while business associations lobbied for a measured opening.