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May 23, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: The recovery rate is now higher than the number of those infected

Favipiravir is now available in Hungary, which is good for treating patients with moderate conditions.

During today’s Operational Group press conference, Kristóf Gál, Spokesperson for the Hungarian National Police Headquarters, reported that the number of active infections dropped to 1,576 while the number of recovered patients stands at 1,655.

In connection with newly released data, Lieutenant Colonel Tibor Lakatos said that for the first time since the outbreak, the number of recovered people has surpassed the number of active infections.

Lakatos added that negotiations with neighboring countries regarding entries are ongoing; so far, the Slovak government has not indicated that it would provide relief to Hungarian citizens. He emphasized that “the rules of quarantine have not changed, except for a few exemptions for those returning from abroad who must abide by a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.”

Touching upon the good results in defense, Szilárd Németh, Deputy Minister of Defense, said that “the army played a prominent role in the victory against the virus in the early stages. More than 990 nursing homes have already been disinfected; and the commanders monitored the operations of designated companies at 105 locations.”

“The Armed Forces also want to help those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus epidemic,” Németh said, adding that “people are expected to serve in a special, reserve military service. At 25 locations across the country, citizens between the ages of 18 and 50 who have lost their jobs and undertake six-month training can serve as special volunteer reserve soldiers.”

Finally, János Szlávik, Chief Physician at South Pest Central Hospital, announced that a Japanese product called Favipiravir is now available in Hungary, which is good for treating patients with moderate conditions. “There are also three vaccine trials underway, one of which may prove successful,” he added.