Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, told a regular press briefing that tests by the National Public Health Centre (NNK) have identified the presence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in 14 new cases and the Gamma variant in one new case.
Altogether 23 people have tested positive with the Delta variant in Hungary and two with the Gamma variant so far, he said. Most experts agree that the Delta variant is spreading at a much faster pace than any other variants detected earlier, Gulyás said. He emphasised the importance of vaccination, insisting that it is the sole tool of protection against any variant of the virus. “Only a country where the number of vaccinations is very high will become protected,” he said, asking Hungarians who are yet to receive a vaccine to register for inoculation. Booster shots will be available from August 1, to be administered at least 4 months after the second shot unless the doctor advises otherwise, he said. It is imperative that public trust in the vaccine is maintained, he said.