Hungary and Poland are struggling to halt the third wave of COVID-19, with rising cases and deaths forcing the governments to tighten restrictions.

Iran PressEurope: The highly contagious variant of the virus first identified in the UK has been blamed for the rapid rise and health systems in Hungary and Poland are struggling to cope. 

In Hungary, 275 people have died in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths in a week full of grim new records. In the same week, the nation overtook Czechia to claim the world’s highest daily deaths per capita. 

It was thought Hungary was nearing the peak of the third wave but now with almost 12,000 patients in hospital, it appears the wave is much bigger than expected.