Hungary healthcare officials put Omicron infection rate at 29%

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The Omicron variant accounts for 29% of coronavirus infections in Hungary at present, the National Public Health Centre (NNK) said on Friday, responding to a query by news agency MTI.

The NNK said it has the only benchmark laboratory in the country that can confirm different variants of the coronavirus. It acknowledged that some laboratories could show Omicron infection rates as high as 90%, but said those numbers come from samples in a narrow group, such as people returning from travel abroad or people living in a specific geographical area.

In the capital, Omicron rates are higher because of the greater number of infections and the city's bigger population density, it added.

Regional laboratories' data are not representative in terms of geographical location, age group, or hospitalizations, the NNK said.

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