Mar 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Operational Group: These times demand sacrifice from everyone

“The good news is that seven patients have left the hospital,” said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at Friday’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group. Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group, also assured people that those stranded at the airport are being properly cared for.

At the daily press conference of the Operational Group, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller gave the most-recent update on the progress of the coronavirus: “Over the past 24 hours, the number of patients has increased to 85, and two patients have lost their lives, bringing the number of victims to three.” However, she continued, “The good news is that seven patients have left the hospital; five Iranians and two Hungarians have recovered.”

Müller repeatedly called attention to the fact that citizens over the age of 65 are extremely at risk, adding that “young people with chronic illnesses should stay at home, too.”

The chief medical officer emphasized that these times demand a sacrifice from everyone, stating, “Everyone should do whatever they can,” including going into volunteer home quarantine upon arriving back from abroad and avoiding group meetings or large gatherings.

Colonel Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operational Group, told those present that there is currently no significant disruption in traffic entering Hungary. He also addressed concerns about those stranded at the airport in Budapest. “Currently, 42 passengers are waiting at Liszt Ferenc Airport,” he said, adding that “we are doing our best to take care of them by providing beds, masks and Wi-Fi access.”

Lakatos also talked about the unfortunate abuse by fraudsters attempting to trick the population with false information about the coronavirus as well as trying to sell fake tests and vaccines. “Many are trying to profit from this difficult situation,” he said, adding that “in connection with these, 47 cases were opened and a total of 22 suspects were questioned.”

Brigadier Rousseau Romulus was also on hand and informed listeners that the military had appeared on-site at 71 companies to help them secure their operations. “There are military patrols in several cities, designed to enhance the sense of security,” he stated, adding, “Starting on Saturday, another 100 soldiers will support the work of the Ministry of the Interior in border protection.”