Daily COVID-19 cases in Hungary double in one week
Before we get into the details, take a look at how August 2021 compares to August 2020 in the coronavirus pandemic. Note that a year ago there were no vaccines, nor a Delta variant either.
The latest data shows that the spread of the coronavirus continues to accelerate in Hungary. The 82 new cases found after the long weekend compare to 45 people diagnosed with COVID-19 a week ago.
As of Monday evening, 81 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 of whom required mechanical ventilation.
The graph below shows the 7-day moving averages of COVID-19 patients in hospitals as a percentage of active cases (distorted, since active case records do not track the actual number of people with COVID- 19, and there has recently been a drastic reclassification from active to recovered status), and those on ventilators as a percentage of those in hospitals, which has fluctuated between 14% and 16% for the past month.
Here are four more graphs with the absolute number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and on ventilators, as well as two ratios (COVID-19 cases in hospital / active cases and COVID-19 cases on ventilators / cases in hospital. ) The left and right charts go together, but while the top charts represent a longer period of two months per week, the bottom charts show changes over the past three weeks.
Two people have died from coronavirus-related illnesses in the past 24 hours. The trend is also on the rise here, but not dramatically (yet).
The number of tests carried out over the long weekend was revised upwards yesterday by 6,373. At first, the official government portal probably did not take into account the fact that it was ‘was a three-day weekend, and had to add the number of tests for Thursday normally reported on Friday morning. The positivity rate increased further to 1.53% from 1.09%.
Only 4,632 people received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, bringing the total to more than 5.7 million, while more than 5.5 million have been fully vaccinated. The official government portal said 200,000 people had already received their third dose.
The pace of vaccinations is extremely slow. Israel, a country with a population similar to Hungary, is currently experiencing an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, while nearly 64% of the population is vaccinated.
Israeli authorities have confirmed 9,831 new cases of COVID-19 out of more than 150,000 tests carried out on Monday (compared with the 5,355 tests carried out yesterday in Hungary), the highest since January and close to the daily high of 10,118 during of the third wave. This means that the pandemic is still raging in the country despite relatively high vaccine coverage and strict measures, but at least the reproduction rate of the virus is now starting to drop to the crucial level of 1.
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