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May 20, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Hungary ranks well in Europe regarding the number of infected per 100,000 inhabitants

In terms of the number people infected with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Hungary is in a good spot in Europe, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at the Coronavirus Operational Group’s press conference earlier today. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss revealed that the police are in “continuous dialogue” with neighboring countries’ authorities so that we can gradually return to ordinary border-crossing procedures.

 

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller began today’s Operational Group press conference by announcing that there were 42 new cases of coronavirus in Hungary in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 3,598. She added that the three people who passed away yesterday all suffered from chronic underlying diseases.

“There continues to be a regional difference in terms of the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants,” Müller said, adding that the figure is the highest in Budapest at 97.6, while nationwide the rate is 36.8 infections for every 100,000 people. This number, she said, “puts Hungary in a good spot among European countries.” According to the CMO, there are currently 1,674 active cases of coronavirus in Hungary, 45 percent of which are in Budapest.

Speaking about the lifting of movement restrictions in Budapest on Monday, Müller said that with the opening of playgrounds and parks, we can now spend more time outdoors. These places, however, “should only be visited by healthy people, parents and children alike.”

Reporting on the number of compulsory home quarantines, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police, said that there are currently 10,931 isolation protocols in effect of which “1,262 have opted for technological supervision” via a mobile app.

The number of police proceedings for scaremongering and fake news now stands at 102, he confirmed.

Meanwhile, Kiss continued, the Hungarian Police is in “continuous dialogue” with neighboring countries’ authorities so that Hungary can gradually return to ordinary border-crossing procedures.