BUDAPEST (Reuters) – As a lot as 200,000 Hungarians might well also change into simultaneously contaminated with coronavirus under the authorities’s worst-case downside, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told parliament on Monday, adding the healthcare system would have the choice to manage with such numbers.
After a spike in circumstances since the tip of August, Hungary reported 876 new infections on Monday, bringing the full different of circumstances to 18,866 with 686 deaths. The different of active circumstances rose to 13,779 in accordance to the most fresh tally.
Orban, who has said a 2d wave of the pandemic might well also peak in December or January, told lawmakers that under the worst-case downside, 16,000 Hungarians would want sanatorium remedy, with 800 of us requiring ventilators.
“To be on the protected facet, I reckon with double these figures,” Orban said.
Orban’s authorities spent $1.15 billion on 16,000 ventilators this twelve months after the premier said in April that Hungary would want as a lot as eight,000 ventilators and intensive care sanatorium beds sooner or later of the height of the disaster.
Orban didn’t clarify on Monday the draw off of the variation between the two estimates of ventilator need. Some scientific doctors and opposition politicians rep warned, nonetheless, that a shortage of licensed nurses might well even be the key bottleneck in the healthcare system.
The Human Resources Ministry said final week that Hungary had 1,839 intensive care beds readily available in the market, of which 812 had been ready to treat COVID-19 circumstances. It said one more 9,487 sanatorium beds would be readily available in the market to treat COVID-19 patients.
The ministry said that Hungary used to be ready to address the 2d wave of the pandemic.
It used to be unclear how lots of the newly-purchased ventilators rep been installed to date and the authorities has no longer answered to Reuters questions regarding the provision of workers required to operate them.
(Reporting by Gergely Szakacs and Anita Komuves; Enhancing by Toby Chopra)