Hungary reports 9216 new COVID-19 cases, up from 7883 on Wednesday – Reuters

A man wearing a protective face mask walks next to closed restaurants in downtown Budapest, after Hungarian government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Hungary, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Hungary’s daily tally of new COVID-19 infections jumped to 9,216 on Thursday from 7,883 reported on Wednesday, but the number of patients treated in hospital declined, the government said.

The government said the new Omicron variant “was spreading fast”, fuelling new infections, but by taking up booster vaccines serious symptoms can be avoided.

In Hungary, a country of 10 million, 40,164 people have died of COVID-19. There are 2,647 coronavirus patients in hospital now, including 249 on ventilators.

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Reporting by Krisztina Than;
Editing by Alison Williams

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