Hungary vaccinates 2.5 mln, triggering easing of restrictions

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The number of people vaccinated in Hungary has reached 2.5 million, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message posted on Facebook late on Tuesday.

"From tomorrow, businesses can open and services can re-start," Orbán said.

Hungary's government earlier pegged the start of the gradual easing of pandemic restrictions to the inoculation of 2.5 million Hungarians with at least one jab of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A government decree issued earlier to come into force when the threshold is reached will shorten the nighttime curfew by two hours from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.; it will extend business hours to between 5 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and it will allow businesses that were shuttered from March 8 to contain the spread of the coronavirus to re-open, but with the number of customers limited to one for every ten square meters.

The decree will not affect the ban on dining in at restaurants and recreational stays at hotels.

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