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World’s Worst-Hit Covid Nation Hungary Plans to Ease Curbs Soon

  • Hungary has highest death rate, fatalities rise 10% to record
  • Prime minister says lockdowns are ineffective against virus
A health worker treats a patient infected with Covid-19 in Budapest.

A health worker treats a patient infected with Covid-19 in Budapest.

Photographer: Karoly Arvai/AFP/Getty Images

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed to ease virus curbs soon even as his nation has the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate and reported a big jump in fatalities.

With hospitals understaffed and overwhelmed, Orban nevertheless told state television on Wednesday he was sticking to his timetable to relax virus rules. The first easing steps will include reopening stores days after Easter, followed by schools and then restaurants and hotels.