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Jun 11, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Movement restrictions saved 3 million lives in Europe

The Operational Group continues to perform its duties, collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis, said Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss; meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller added that the epidemic has reached a dormant phase.

 

Róbert Kiss, lieutenant colonel of the Hungarian Police, reported that “as a result of recent easement measures, people can enter Hungary from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and, starting on Friday, Croatia without the need of compulsory home quarantine.” He added that “the Operational Group continues to perform its duties, collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis.”

Cecília Müller, Hungary’s chief medical officer, said that “we are in the dormant phase of the epidemic, but due to contact screening, we are still confirming some 10 or less positive cases a day in Hungary.” She further reported that “work continues in the labs; the number of positive cases is less, but the analysis of samples is being carried out at the same pace, with approximately 1,000 tests every day.”

Müller also announced that according to the latest statistics of the Central Statistical Office, “there were not many more deaths in Hungary during the epidemic versus the same period last year.” She added that researchers are trying to analyze trends internationally to estimate how many lives have been saved due to the measures taken. “Around three million lives in Europe could be saved thanks to the swift actions taken,” she said.