BUDAPEST, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hungary registered 3,149 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a new daily record since the outbreak of the epidemic in the country, according to the government's coronavirus information website.
Figures from the website showed that the total number of confirmed cases since the COVID-19 outbreak in Hungary stood at 59,247, with 16,242 recoveries and 1,425 fatalities. Currently, 2,449 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, including 221 on ventilators.
The website called on Hungarians to brace themselves for further increase, as infections are increasing across Europe.
Hungary's COVID-19 cases have risen sharply since late August. The country's total COVID-19 cases topped 10,000 on Sept. 10, 20,000 on Sept. 23, 30,000 on Oct. 4, 40,000 on Oct. 14 and 50,000 on Oct. 21.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has pledged that Hungary will procure a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which will be made available to all citizens who want it.
Orban explained that his administration was conducting talks with the United States, Japan, China and Russia on vaccine procurement. Hungary had also contributed to research programs funded by the European Union.
As the world is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe are racing to find a vaccine. According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Oct. 19, there were 198 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 44 of them were in clinical trials. Enditem