Apr 16, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: 11 Iranian citizens to be deported from Hungary

At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss announced the deportation of 11 Iranian citizens. In addition, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that all available hospital beds will be published on the internet and all elderly homes will be inspected.

Róbert Kiss, lieutenant colonel of the Hungarian Police, reported that 11 Iranian citizens will be deported from Hungary today for breaking quarantine rules. “One attempted to escape, but he was captured by the Counterterrorism Center and was later taken into custody.”

The Lieutenant Colonel reminded citizens of the importance of following the established measures and complying with the movement restrictions, as the number of actions taken by the authorities has been increasing. “There are 226 criminal proceedings pending in connection with the epidemiological situation, 59 of which are due to the spread of fake news,” he said, adding that “in more than 19,000 cases, authorities had to take action due to the movement restrictions; there were 441 cases in Budapest alone in the last 24 hours.”

Cecília Müller, Chief Medical Officer of Hungary, reported that 199 patients have been able to leave the hospital; however, eight more patients passed away in the last 24 hours. “There are 1,652 confirmed coronavirus infections currently in Hungary,” she said, adding that “of all those infected, 35 percent are over 70 years of age, and those over 80 years of age are severely affected. The proportion of people under 30 is 12 percent.”

Müller also noted that “722 adults and seven children are currently hospitalized for the coronavirus, out of which 60 are on a ventilator.” She also emphasized that “it is precisely because of the increasing numbers that further preparation is critical. All conditions must be in place for everyone to receive the best possible care. The number of available beds is also being posted on the government’s coronavirus website.”

Regarding the situation at elderly homes, the chief medical officer said that “currently there is only one focal point in the country: the Metropolitan Municipality Home for the elderly. The epidemic has affected 11 elderly homes, thus inspections have begun in all institutions.”

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