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May 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Epidemiological preparedness must be maintained to keep the epidemic under control

At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that it is not yet possible to say how the next stage of the coronavirus infection will develop, therefore epidemiological preparedness must be maintained. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to entering Hungary.

Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Róbert Kiss announced that all Romanian-Hungarian border crossings will open starting at 6 a.m. He also noted that Romanian citizens arriving at or traveling to Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport are exempt from official home quarantine. However, passengers can only enter on the condition of submitting to a medical examination; they must also have a valid flight ticket and access to the destination country.

Additionally, Hungarians can cross the Austrian border if they prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus, said Kiss, adding that the wait time is a couple of hours at several border crossings.

The lieutenant colonel also reported that there are 104 criminal cases related to scaremongering in connection with the epidemic.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller was on hand with fresh coronavirus numbers. The number of official infections stands at 3,641, while the number of deceased is 473.

The number of people who are fully recovered is increasing and now stands at 1,507. The total number of active COVID-19 cases is 1,659, with 510 people currently being treated in a hospital. The results show that 45 percent of those infected, 61 percent of the deceased, and 46 percent of those recovered live in Budapest or Pest County.

Müller said that we are in a declining phase of the epidemic, but there are still new cases every day. In the last 24 hours, there have been 16 new infections in Budapest and 10 in Zala, the CMO said. She also reported that there are 37.3 cases per 100,000 people in the country; the highest rate is in Budapest with 98.5 cases per 100,000, followed by Zala and Fejér counties.

The chief medical officer emphasized the importance of maintaining epidemiological preparedness to keep the epidemic under control.

Müller also spoke about vaccinations. In the case of infectious hepatitis, 98,000 people were vaccinated with the first dose, and 20,000 people received the second shot. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, not everyone was able to receive the second dose. In the case of HPV, the second vaccination should have been given in April to some 41,000 people.

Due to the favorable epidemic situation, regular vaccinations that were missed at school can now happen, and the government will inform schools about this today. Those who missed vaccinations can receive them from May 25 to June 22.