May 18, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: Regulations must be observed even if movement restrictions are now lifted

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that there are now 1,673 active coronavirus cases in Hungary, which means that 1,400 have already recovered from the disease. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to Budapest.


Speaking at today’s Operational Group press conference, Cecília Müller, Hungary’s chief medical officer, confirmed that out of the 1,673 active coronavirus cases, 758 (45 percent) are in Budapest. She added that 62 percent of those who have succumbed to the virus (287 cases out of the total 462) have died in the capital as well.

“While movement restrictions are now lifted across the whole country, regulations must still be observed,” Müller said. She added that those who have passed away from the virus have typically been above the age of 60, with most deaths occurring in patients above 80. The CMO also revealed that 11 people had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.

“An increase in positive coronavirus cases has been registered over the last few days,” Cecília Müller said, highlighting the importance of observing new regulations even after the lifting of movement restrictions. If we look at the total number of infections, Müller continued, we can see that in Hungary there are 36.2 positive coronavirus cases for every 100,000 people.

Discussing the reboot of regular healthcare services, the CMO said that “planned surgeries, treatments for chronic disease and non-public health screenings have now restarted.”

Wearing masks in shops and on public transport will still be compulsory, Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss said reiterating the new regulations put in place. The 9-12 a.m. window for those above 65 to shop will also stay in force. However, public parks and spaces, as well as outdoor playgrounds, can be used beginning today.

All shops and businesses may now reopen, and customers can use the terraces and gardens of restaurants and cafés. Until September 1, Kiss added, these businesses will not have to pay for the usage of public spaces.

Similarly, weddings and Masses may be held starting next week. Family events under 200 guests, however, may only take place starting June 15 in Budapest and June 1 outside the capital.