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Hungary set to reach 5.5 mln vaccinated threshold Friday

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Hungary will have inoculated 5.5 million people against the coronavirus by the afternoon or evening on Friday, triggering a further easing of pandemic restrictions, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a weekly interview on public radio on Friday.

 "The number of inoculated people will reach 5.5 million today, so we will continue to lift restrictions," Orbán said on Kossuth Rádió.

A decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Wednesday mandates a number of changes to restrictions after the 5.5 million inoculated mark is reached. It ends mandatory mask-wearing in businesses and on public transport as well as area-based limits on shopper numbers, and it no longer requires an immunity certificate for dining indoors, staying at hotels or attending performances with assigned seating. It raises the limit on the number of people attending private gatherings from 50 to 100 people, and the limit on the number of guests at wedding receptions from 200 to 400. The decree allows a return to lecture hall instruction at colleges and universities.

Orbán said no COVID deaths were registered in the past 24 hours.

Weekday data released by the government's official pandemic news website on Thursday also showed no coronavirus deaths, for the first time since September.

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