61.9 Overall Score (down 18.2 since Aug 1st.)


  • 44.1 Public Health
  • 60.4 Financial
  • 60 Fact-Based
  • 44.1 Public Health
  • 60.4 Financial
  • 60 Fact-Based

Hungary scores above the median, but limited testing, efforts to limit press freedom, and a very weak stimulus package have weakened its score over time.

Pre-COVID Conditions

Hungary’s low debt, healthy population, and minimal inequality result in it having relatively strong socio-economic conditions and healthcare capacity.

  • Debt/GDP ratio 71%
  • GDP/capita $35,941
  • Gini coefficient (out of 100) 30.6
  • Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) 4
  • Healthcare access score (out of 100) 79.6
  • Hospital beds/1,000 People 50.4

Government Response

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(Data points represent policy level as of Oct 1.)

Public Health Directives

Hungary scores near the median on public health policy, driven by limited testing, few emergency healthcare funds, and limited restrictions on public gatherings, although it does have strong contact tracing.

  • Stay at home order 0
  • Public gathering restrictions 2
  • School closings 1
  • Public event cancellations 1
  • Testing policy 1
  • Emergency healthcare investments/capita $71.94
  • Travel restrictions 4
  • Tests/1,000 people 75.3
  • Contact tracing 2

Financial Response

Though it had a modest stimulus package, Hungary’s generous income and debt support help keep its score relatively strong.

  • Financial stimulus as share of GDP 6.2%
  • Income support 0
  • Debt forebearance 1

Fact-Based Communication

Access to COVID-19-related press conferences has been restricted by Hungary’s government, which pre-selects journalists’ questions and has criminalized the spread of "fake news."

  • Reliance on science/fact based information 0
  • Press freedom 2

COVID-19 Status as of Oct 1

After months of reporting extremely low case rates, Hungary has experienced a spike in case rates as the country has reopened.

  • Total deaths 781
  • Death rate per 100K 80.8
  • Total cases 27,309
  • Cases per 100K 2,827
  • Percent of positive tests 8.7
  • Change in positivity rates +8.3
Case Trend Line
Daily cases Level 1 Lockdown Level 2 Lockdown
Date Status New Cases/1M
1 May 04 Restaurants and shops begin to reopen 6.68
2 May 18 Restaurants, public pools, zoos, and public baths begin to reopen in Budapest 3.71
3 Sep 01 Schools reopen, borders close 14.02

Differentiating Factors

Compared with Regional Neighbors
  • 72.8
    Germany 291,722
    Per 1M

    Germany has improved its score a bit in the past few months, after a sharp decline in the fall. Its improvements in contact tracing, which are already likely underestimated in the data, and restrictions on public gatherings, have played important roles in this turnaround, although there has been a recent spike in cases, likely due to both recent restriction relaxations and vaccine rollout issues.

  • 66
    Italy 314,861
    Per 1M

    While hit hard by COVID-19, Italy’s reliance on facts and improved contact tracing has helped slow the spread and slightly improved its overall score since January.

  • 45.2
    Switzerland 53,162
    Per 1M

    Switzerland's reliance on facts and an open media drove its score up to the median, helping to counter weak financial support and limited restrictions on social interactions.

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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:

Pre-COVID Conditions:

  • Debt to GDP ratio
  • Infant mortality rates
  • Hospital beds per 1,000 people
  • Gini coefficients measuring inequality
  • Health access and quality

COVID-19 Public Health Directives:

  • Stay-at home orders
  • School-closing policy
  • Public-gathering restrictions
  • Cancellation of public events
  • Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
  • Emergency healthcare spending per capita
  • Travel restrictions
  • Contact tracing

COVID-19 Financial Response:

  • Stimulus package as a share of GDP
  • Income support
  • Debt-forbearance

Public Communications:

  • Instances of misinformation by leadership
  • Limitations on press freedom, censorship

Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:

  • Death rates per 1 million
  • Case rates per 1 million