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22nd May, 2020

Low rate of infection among vulnerable population

Tests conducted by the city of Budapest indicate that the rate of Covid-19 infection among vulnerable groups is surprisingly low, Index reports.

The city bought 20,000 PCR tests to test residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes and those working directly in care. With 8,577 results obtained so far, only 132 people or 1.5% of the total, tested positive.

Half of the remaining 10,000 tests were distributed among the district councils and the other 5,000 were saved in preparation for a second wave of infection expected in the autumn.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test detects the infection by examining the genetic characteristics of the virus from a sample taken from the mucous membrane of the pharynx. It costs Ft 30,000 in private clinics.

City officials also announced plans to grant a gross Ft 100,000 reward to employees working in nursing homes and homeless care because they are at the forefront of the defence against the coronavirus.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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