CORONAVIRUS: Here's the latest
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In an interview this morning on Kossuth Rádió, PM Orbán spoke about George Soros’ latest offensive against countries that oppose migration, the Hungarian veto of the EU budget, mass coronavirus testing, movement restrictions and incoming shipments of the coronavirus vaccine.
The vaccine is on the horizon; we just need to hold on a little longer, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his morning interview on Kossuth Rádió. The prime minister also said the VAT on food delivery was reduced to 5 percent, plus he reemphasized that Hungary does not support the legislation drafted by the European Parliament and the German presidency, as "it would turn the European Union into the Soviet Union."
In a video posted on his Facebook page, PM Orbán announced that the government proposes a set of new restrictions, including a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the closing of restaurants and bars, a comprehensive ban on events, and a requirement for high schools and universities to switch to e-learning.
Inspections are ongoing across the country, and everything will be shut down if the new coronavirus rules are not followed. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as a vaccine may be available in Hungary in 90 days. Regarding the latest EP decision, the PM noted that Hungary has the resources it needs for the next two years. Pertaining to the U.S. elections, he stated: “Every country is sovereign.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video on Facebook that the operative board in charge of combatting the epidemic assessed hospital capacity early on Wednesday morning, taking into account the number of beds, staff and ventilators.
“Right now, obligatory mask wearing is key,” PM Orbán said on Kossuth Rádió this morning, adding that it is not the number of new restrictions that matter, but how many people obey the existing rules.
With a hefty 24 percent growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2018 to 2019, Hungary stood out as a country to watch before the COVID-19 crisis hit. Now, more than seven months after the European outbreak of the pandemic, Hungary’s economic figures and investment potential are once again back on track. Here’s a summary of recent government measures, as well as foreign and domestic investments in Hungary.
The first wave of the pandemic had been handled very effectively by Hungary, together with the other Visegrad Group (V4) countries but the second wave is different, with a different pandemic situation.
The legislation extends the loan repayment moratorium by six months to next June. It covers families with children, pensioners, the jobless, fostered workers and companies struggling financially because of the pandemic.
In a live interview with HírTV this evening, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about an array of pressing issues, including the next steps in Hungary’s defense against the coronavirus, the new wage increase for doctors, the latest attacks against Hungary from Brussels and the Next Generation EU recovery fund.
In an exclusive interview this morning with Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the coronavirus situation in Hungary, the next steps of the defense, doctors’ wage increases, rule of law and the EU’s economic relief package.
In the interview, Prime Minister Orbán spoke about the potential arrival date of a coronavirus vaccine, the significance of our healthcare and education systems, and the importance of protecting Hungarian jobs.
The prime minister said hospital capacity is reviewed regularly at operational board meetings in terms of whether there are a sufficient number of beds, doctors and staff, as well as the amount of equipment such as ventilators.
“Hungary has to continue to function in a way that everybody abides by the regulations,” Prime Minister Orbán reiterated in an interview with Kossuth Rádió this morning. The country has an action plan in place, akin to a war plan, on how it will respond as the number of confirmed cases grows, he said. The PM also noted that current economic growth indicates Hungary will experience a labor shortage.
In a brief video statement published on his Facebook page, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a list of new government decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at protecting Hungary’s population while also ensuring that the country can continue to function.
The finance minister said the top priority of economic policy during the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is to make sure the Hungarian economy stays afloat and that jobs and enterprises are protected and supported.
Armed with the outcome of the national consultation on the coronavirus and based on our experience in dealing with the epidemic, PM Orbán said that now we need to put in motion a “war plan” that will protect the lives of Hungarian people and keep the country functioning.
In his regular interview on Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán focused on the growing coronavirus epidemic and related government measures, the economy, schools and “a safe island in Central Europe.”
Hungary’s chief epidemiologist, János Szlávik said the flu season is approaching and at-risk groups are the same as for the new virus, such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.
In an interview on Kossuth Rádió, dedicated almost exclusively to the defense against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest national consultation, the importance of obeying rules and regulations, Brussels’ criticism of Hungary closing its borders, and Central Europe’s place in the new world order.
“All other countries are in the red category; Hungary is green,” Minister Gergely Gulyás said at today’s Kormányinfo session, adding that foreigners will only be allowed to enter Hungary “in the case that it is very necessary.”
The epidemiological situation is getting worse in most European countries; this is why Hungary must introduce new, stricter restrictions in order to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the start of the school year, an upcoming economic growth plan and the importance of geostrategic thinking for Hungary.
Hungary has changed Spain’s coronavirus classification from “green” to “yellow”, indicating a higher risk of infection. The government sees a worsening COVID-19 situation across Europe with “dramatic figures”.
Ukraine has also classified Slovakia and Poland as “red”, noting that all three countries are regarded by WHO and other prestigious health organizations as having more favorable epidemiological statistics than Ukraine.
Prime Minister Orbán said in his regular interview on Kossuth Rádió that while the crisis keeps growing in neighboring countries, Hungary’s defense has proven to be effective. Besides the coronavirus, the PM touched upon the state of Hungary’s economy and spoke briefly about incoming EU funds.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, from one day to the next, the tourism sector collapsed worldwide. But with the largest economic protection package in its history, the Hungarian government has done everything in its power to provide the support needed to relaunch tourism here at home.
On Wednesday, the restrictive measures related to entry into Hungary took effect; the Chief Medical Officer is continuously monitoring the status of the epidemic in various countries, classified per different colors, and will review their classification if necessary, the National Centre for Public Health informed the Hungarian news agency MTI on Wednesday.
“We must resist the pressure to allow people into the country without proper controls,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this morning. The PM also said that Central Europe is ready to help the southern member states in the current economic crisis.
Among a series of other steps to protect the economy and help Hungarian families get by during the epidemic, the Hungarian government instructed the tax authority to exercise leniency concerning tax-discount applications made as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to these measures, Hungarian families have, according to a state secretary from the Ministry of Finance, saved Hungarians more than HUF 62 billion so far.
Out of the 13 questions in the national consultation questionnaire sent to Hungarian households, seven concern the coronavirus epidemic, possible measures to tackle a potential second wave of the virus, and new steps to help maintain epidemiological preparedness should a next crisis occur.
“If the epidemic does return,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his first interview since lifting the state of emergency, “we will not hesitate to take the necessary legal and economic steps in order to save people’s lives.”
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Rádió, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the upcoming steps for Hungary’s continued defense against the virus, the state of the economy and his view on the EU’s plan to take on loans via perpetual bonds.
Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, reported today that people can now enter Hungary from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and from Friday Croatia without the need for compulsory home quarantine.
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.
The Operational Group reported that there are only 10 new confirmed coronavirus infections in Hungary. In addition, according to the statistics, Hungary’s infection and death rates are still quite favorable.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that before the pandemic, ministers had talked about “the need for legal migration and importing labor to the EU”. Now “hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs.”
At today’s Operational Group press conference, CMO Cecília Müller revealed the latest coronavirus figures from Hungary. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss spoke about the easing of border-crossing rules with select countries.
At today’s Operational Group presser, officials reported that 41 percent of active infections are in Budapest and there is no evidence that coronavirus will go away when hot weather arrives this summer.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller discussed the probability of a second wave of coronavirus and said that although opinions on the subject vary, the virus is likely to “stay among us.” Meanwhile, the government is preparing new decisions to be announced on Thursday.
Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, said today that the government is currently “analyzing and evaluating” restrictive measures and an announcement of new decisions can be expected on Thursday.
The Hungarian government has been doing everything it can to help the country’s economy return to growth. And we’re doing it as we always have: by focusing on jobs. In all the international coverage about Hungary and the Orbán Government’s extraordinary measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, this was the great unreported story.
“We are constantly analyzing foreign and domestic data and striving to compare Hungarian data with other countries in the world to prepare for the next wave,” Cecília Müller reported today at the Operational Group presser.
In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen im Radio Kossuth erörterte Premierminister Viktor Orbán die Ergebnisse der letzten zehn Regierungsjahre und die erfolgreiche Strategie Ungarns zur Seuchenabwehr. Er sprach auch über die nächsten Nationalen Konsultationen und den 750-Milliarden-Euro-Plan der Europäischen Kommission.
Justice Minister Judit Varga said Hungary has successfully concluded the first phase of its efforts against the novel coronavirus and will be the first European Union member to rescind its special legal order.
PM Orbán said the Chief Medical Officer will be given strengthened powers and the Operational Group will remain - this is roughly how the new epidemiological preparedness stage can be summarized, he said.
Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, has said Hungary has managed to control the spread of the coronavirus, and is one of the few countries where large-scale illnesses did not occur.
Outdoor cultural and sports events can be held again and hotels can reopen, but people must continue to practice social distancing, officials announced at today’s Coronavirus Operational Group presser. They also reported that the data show that those who have had the disease should remain protected against the virus for a long time.
Responding to the World Health Organization’s concerns regarding potential delays in infant vaccination due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cecilia Müller said that there is no such delay in Hungary and all children have been properly vaccinated.
CMO Cecília Müller said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary per 100,000 inhabitants is 39, while this figure for Budapest stands at 103. With 22 new confirmed cases, the total number of infected grew to 3793. 1856 have recovered from COVID-19 so far.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said in Cluj (Kolozsvár), Romania, that citizens crossing the borders will not need to be isolated unless they wish to stay in the other country longer than 48 hours.
Hungarian opponents of Orbán spread ludicrous and easily-checkable claims about the legislation, saying that the parliament itself had been suspended and elections cancelled, a claim spread by people as eminent as Anne Applebaum.
Besides wage subsidies, the government has allocated HUF 80 billion to create 70,000 jobs; meanwhile, foreign investors need permission from the ITM minister to acquire ownership in strategic Hungarian companies.
“Thanks to the timely and efficient measures, Hungary stands a good chance of recovering from the economic slowdown as soon as possible. It could then become the EU’s top performing member state,” András Tállai said today.
CMO Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that Hungary’s coronavirus figures are “very favorable,” as there are now more people who have recovered from the virus than the number of active coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, András Tállai, Deputy Minister at the Finance Ministry, said that the most critical part of the most recent Economy Protection Action Plan was the moratorium on loan repayments.
“In terms of the number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, we are doing far better than the countries of Western Europe,” István Vályi-Nagy, Director of the South-Pest Central Hospital, said during today’s Operational Group press conference. Meanwhile, Vályi-Nagy warned that the epidemic is not over yet and is only in decline.
At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, the State Secretary for Tax Affairs at the Ministry of Finance talked about the economic measures and tax benefits the government has provided companies. Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller drew attention to the flattening of the epidemic curve.
The prime minister said the goal is to create as many jobs as the virus destroys, or even more. There are currently more than one million people in Hungary whose work has already been helped to some extent by the state.
At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that it is not yet possible to say how the next stage of the coronavirus infection will develop, therefore epidemiological preparedness must be maintained. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to entering Hungary.
“There continues to be a regional difference in terms of the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants,” Cecilia Müller said today, adding that the figure is the highest in Budapest, 97.6, while nationwide there have been 36.8 infections for every 100,000 people.
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.
In the past two weeks, more than 2,700 companies have applied to the government’s wage subsidy program, saving tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to spread the fastest in Budapest.
The foreign minister has underlined the importance of maintaining a “reasonable balance” between safeguarding human life, restarting the economy and “returning to normalcy” in Hungary’s emergence from lockdown.
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.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, officials discussed the economic situation and the reopening of Budapest as well as the affects of the virus on those suffering from various underlying conditions.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government is lifting the curfew restrictions imposed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic in Budapest, with measures in the capital to follow the rest of the country with a two-week delay.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the possibility of lifting restrictions in Budapest, the government’s job creation programs, transit zones, the court ruling on the case concerning the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata, and the decision handed down yesterday by the European Court of Justice concerning migration and border protection.
In his regular interview slot on Kossuth Radio this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary must be a country that creates as many jobs as the virus destroys, emphasizing that in Hungary, the basis of the economy is work.
Minister Gulyás announced that current rules remain in force in the countryside, but movement restrictions in Pest County will be eased to the level of the countryside, with a decision on Budapest expected later this week.
Sándor Bodó, State Secretary for Employment at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, attended today’s Operational Group press conference to speak about the details of the government’s wage support program and job creation plan. Meanwhile, the chief medical officer said that recent coronavirus figures are a reason for hope.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group presser, officials said that the government will discuss the possible relaxation of current movement restrictions this Wednesday and also reported that the National Public Health Center’s lab passed the PCR test flawlessly.
In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen gegenüber dem Kossuth Rádió sprach Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán von der Bedeutung einer immer stärkeren arbeitsbasierten Wirtschaft, von der Pflicht der Regierung, Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen sowie vom anhaltenden Kampf um das Überleben der Nationalstaaten.
Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that despite a period when the number of infected grew rapidly, this period did not last long due to effective measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus.
At today’s press conference, members of the Coronavirus Operational Group reported that they have been monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and that any lifting of restrictions can only take place under strict rules.
In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the importance of creating an ever stronger work-based economy, the duty of the government to create jobs, and the ongoing battle for the survival of nation-states.
“Only 39 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases has significantly reduced over several days; and previous model calculations seem to be confirmed,” Cecília Müller said today.
Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch has said European Parliament is about to discredit itself by holding a debate next week on Hungary’s coronavirus law, insisting that the debate would be about something that has already been factually refuted.
At today’s press conference, members of the Coronavirus Operational Group reported that they have been monitoring the new measures introduced on Monday and have found that strict restrictions need to be maintained in Budapest. Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining for two days in a row.
Press is reporting today that the government of Spain will impose controls on information distributed to the public. The European Post writes that the country’s security forces have announced their intention to control public information “in order to minimize this critical climate aimed at the government’s action.”
Today’s Operational Group press conference was attended by Zoltán Maruzsa, state secretary for Education at the Ministry of Human Capacities, who spoke about the commencement of this year’s high school final exams tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss said that the total number of actions taken by police due to the coronavirus epidemic has topped 40,000 this weekend.
The moratorium on loan repayments, as a part of Hungary’s economic protection measures, is unique in the world, said Gábor Sion, state secretary of finance, at today’s Operational Group press conference.
The World Justice Project thought it was a good time to issue another grave warning about the imminent death of Hungarian democracy at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Was this an example of independent experts sounding alarm bells or of ideologically motivated social engineering? Let us take a look at the vaunted World Justice Project.
A strict schedule and a gradual pace. This is how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán described the upcoming period on his regular morning interview on Kossuth Radio. Aside from the domestic situation, he also spoke about the current international turmoil.
Věra Jourová, the European Commission’s vice-president in charge of transparency and values, has officially confirmed that there is no reason to take legal action against Hungary over its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following PM Orbán’s announcement last night that Hungary can now begin a gradual return to normal life and business, Minister Gergely Gulyás today provided details on how the country will move forward with the second phase of its coronavirus defense. He noted some economic stimuli for tourists this summer and also had some direct words for the local opposition and Donald Tusk.
Today’s briefing by the Coronavirus Operational Group covered ongoing inspections at homes for the elderly, news that commanders will start their work managing senior homes with more than 200 residents, and a reminder that people should continue following all remaining measures after restrictions are eased.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has revealed that the current restrictions on movement will remain in effect in Budapest and its surrounding areas, but will be replaced by new measures in places with fewer infections.
Prime Minister Orbán announced this evening that Hungary has reached the second phase of its defense against the coronavirus. With this next stage, we can slowly restart our lives and relaunch the economy.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, Zoltán Maruzsa, state secretary for Public Education, spoke about the measures introduced for this year’s matriculation exams, while Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller talked about the monitoring of nursing homes.
Tamás Schanda, deputy minister and parliamentary state secretary at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, attended today’s Operational Group press conference, where he explained the methodology behind the government’s wage support program meant to counter the negative economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic.
During today’s Operational Group press conference, Colonel Tibor Lakatos revealed that the shipping of 6.5 million pieces of protective gear is now underway. This equipment will soon be distributed to hospitals, ambulances and police officers across the country.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary grew to 2,583, while 280 have succumbed to the epidemic thus far. At the Operational Group’s regular press conference, officials spoke about incoming shipments of protective gear, police actions against those violating movement restrictions, a new form of treatment, and the success of the free parking policy. Cecília Müller also explained how to wear masks properly.
At today’s press conference, Hungary’s Coronavirus Operational Group discussed new protective gear shipments to elderly homes, education and exams in these extraordinary times, and the latest figures for criminal proceedings and compulsory home quarantine. Cecília Müller also revealed that 50 percent of all hospital beds have been successfully freed up in preparation for the peak of the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer revealed that human resources are currently being secured to meet requirements in preparation for the estimated May 3 peak of the epidemic. More than 1,000 have applied as volunteers, while 13,000 have applied for special training.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visited Budapest’s University of Technology to be briefed about the possibilities of manufacturing pulmonary ventilators in Hungary, and to see a prototype of the device in question.
The finance minister said that during the novel coronavirus epidemic, preserving jobs and restarting the economy has to take precedence over a “rigid insistence” to keep the budget deficit below 3 percent.
During today’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller announced that the epidemic is on the rise in Hungary. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hungary now stands at 1,916.
Cecília Müller said today that Budapest and Pest County have a high level of infection, with more than 60 percent of the confirmed cases found there. “That is the reason why local governments have the possibility to set up stricter movement restriction within their territories,” she said.
This is the way their network operates. Project Syndicate, funded by the Open Society Foundation, claimed yesterday in a new article that Hungary’s “new law endangers the lives of many Hungarians by empowering the government to limit drastically information about the management of the virus.”
In seinem Radiointerview heute Morgen sprach Ministerpräsident Orbán über die laufenden Vorbereitungen des Landes für das Worst-Case-Szenario der Coronavirus-Epidemie. Er merkte an, dass weiterhin Vorräte zur Bekämpfung des Virus ankommen, dass die Krankenhäuser streng verwaltet werden müssen, und dass die Regierung den größten Wirtschaftsschutzplan in der Geschichte Ungarns vorbereitet hat.
“The number of confirmed cases stands at 1,763, and the number of deaths rose to 156 this morning,” Cecília Müller said today. “The spread of the disease is accelerating slowly; we are entering the stage of mass disease.”
“In recent weeks, we have defended ourselves with great discipline in the country to slow the spread of the epidemic and prepare the healthcare system for large-scale illness,” the prime minister said.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss announced the deportation of 11 Iranian citizens. In addition, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that all available hospital beds will be published on the internet and all elderly homes will be inspected.
Just imagine! That’s deeply concerning. An “information police state.” Right here in the “heart of Europe.” I had no idea until I learned just how grave the situation is by reading it… in the free and lively Hungarian press.
The foreign minister said that as well as the delivery of masks on three aircraft over the past day, Hungary has also received 900 liters of disinfectant and 24,600 protective gowns for doctors and nurses.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reported that a significant amount of equipment had arrived at Liszt Ferenc Airport on Tuesday. He also spoke about proceedings against a quarantine violator as well as the government’s decision to send more than 10 Iranians home due to their violent behavior at South Pest Central Hospital.
All medication used to relieve symptoms is available, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at today’s Operational Group press conference. She was joined today by Minister of Agriculture István Nagy who spoke about measures being taken to provide relief to those working in the agricultural sector.
Alle Medikamente zur Linderung der Symptome sind verfügbar, sagte die ungarische Landeschefärztin Cecília Müller auf der heutigen Pressekonferenz des Operativstabes. Zu ihr gesellte sich heute Landwirtschaftsminister István Nagy, der über jene Maßnahmen sprach, die ergriffen wurden, um die Beschäftigten im Agrarsektor zu entlasten.
There is no restriction for visiting churches currently in place; the parishes decide for themselves whether to close, but those that remain open can only be visited in small numbers while keeping to the social distancing rules.
At today’s Operational Group press conference, the chief medical officer called extraordinary attention to the urgent need to follow the rules. State Secretary for Public Education Zoltán Maruzsa also announced the new, suggested system for graduation exams, and Colonel Lakatos noted that hospitals are receiving a continuous supply of equipment.
Cecília Müller today reported that the coronavirus infection has unfortunately spread in the Metropolitan Municipality Old People’s Home, raising the number of confirmed cases to more than 100, and the number of deaths to five.
After a meeting of the financial action group coordinating the financial response to the epidemic, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said some HUF 2,000 billion (EUR 5.5bn) will be used to set up three funds.
At today’s Operational Group press conference Katalin Novák, state secretary for Family, Youth and International Affairs, reinforced the government’s support for families, while Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss announced numerous proceedings against parties for fake news and fraud.
No surprise that the far-left British newspaper The Guardian dislikes the national conservatism of Prime Minister Orbán, but their criticism borders on obsession and their articles are frequently riddled with serious factual errors. Here’s a brief overview of ten long years of biased reporting.
At the Coronavirus Operational Group’s daily press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller called attention to the fact that without following the orders in place, Budapest may become a focal point for the epidemic in Hungary.
This time, it’s a former Finnish ambassador to Budapest offering lessons on democracy and rule of law in a piece published by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund that operates under the Finnish Parliament and where Petri Tuomi-Nikula is listed as a “Senior Adviser, Democratic Renovation.”
In einer kurzen Video-Erklärung im öffentlichen Fernsehen kündigte Premierminister Orbán den Start von fünf neuen Programmen zum Schutz der ungarischen Wirtschaft an. „Wir werden so viele Arbeitsplätze schaffen, wie die Epidemie zerstört“, sagte er.
Gergely Gulyás told parliament that the number of infections is growing, but compared with other European countries, Hungary was doing well and protective measures of recent weeks had lived up to expectations.
In a brief video statement on public television, Prime Minister Orbán announced the launch of five new programs focused on protecting Hungary’s economy. “We will create as many jobs as the epidemic destroys,” he said.
At today’s Operational Group presser, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police, said that “with the advent of warm weather, more and more residents are tending to violate the rules.” He added that on Sunday alone the police issued 574 warnings, imposed 24 fines and launched 16 legal proceedings.
Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police, said that “with the advent of warm weather more and more residents tend to violate the rules”. He added that on Sunday alone the police issued 574 warnings, imposed 24 fines and launched 16 legal proceedings.
Contributions to the epidemic response fund will include 50 percent of the state funding received by political parties this year, taxes on multinational retailers and the financial sector as well as vehicle property taxes paid to local governments.
The confirmed number of people infected with coronavirus in Hungary has increased to 744, and another four elderly patients with the disease have passed away. The number of people recovered has increased to 67.
“It has been 22 days since the emergency was declared, and the protection of human life remains paramount,” Gergely Gulyás said. “The budget provides unlimited coverage for defense against the virus; all financial resources are available,” he added.
Articles and opinions criticizing Hungary’s rule of law are not based on facts and misinterpret both the state of emergency measures and the aim of the Coronavirus Bill. A state of emergency was declared in Hungary only to protect the health and lives of its citizens and to enable the authorities to take effective measures.
In seinem gewohnten Radiointerview erörterte Premierminister Orbán heute Morgen die mögliche Ausweitung der Ausgangsbeschränkungen, die eventuellen Vorbereitungen für eine Verbreitung der Infektion in großem Umfang und einen neuen Plan zur Belebung der Wirtschaft. Er dankte auch allen, die derzeit an der vordersten Front kämpfen, und kündigte an, dass die Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen einen Bonus von 500.000 HUF erhalten werden.
At today’s Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Cecília Müller said that more densely populated areas have higher infection rates, but patients can be found in all counties throughout Hungary. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel of the Police Róbert Kiss said that more and more are violating compulsory home quarantine and putting the country’s defense against the virus at risk.
During his regular morning radio interview, Prime Minister Orbán discussed the possible extension of movement restrictions, preparations for large-scale infection, and a new economic recovery plan. He also thanked all those currently fighting on the frontline, announcing that healthcare workers will receive a bonus of HUF 500,000.
The foreign minister has said that Hungary is proposing that the European Union simplify procedures when it comes to state investment subsidies, in order to boost the effectiveness of economic measures in connection with the coronavirus.
Zoltán Kovács said that whenever Hungary had chosen “a path at odds from that of the EU” over the past ten years, and tailored its laws to its own needs, “its domestic and international critics were always quick to react”.
The Chief Medical Officer asked all citizens to prevent the possibility of infection by any means possible, by keeping to the social distancing rules and leaving home only when it’s absolutely necessary.
At the Operational Group’s coronavirus press conference earlier today, officials discussed new supplies of protective gear, the efficiency of the imposed restrictions and the general coronavirus trend in Hungary.
A new system has been introduced on the official koronavirus.gov.hu website. More detailed information will be provided from now on, which will include the age, gender and already existing health conditions of the deceased.
During the state of emergency, the government is authorised to adopt extraordinary measures in departure from the provisions of law in the interest of people’s health, legal security and the stability of the economy.
At today’s press conference for Hungary's Coronavirus Operational Group, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that more information will be provided about those who have died from coronavirus. She also reiterated that the number of infected people is definitely higher than the number of confirmed cases.
“We are still in the state of cluster infections,” Cecília Müller, Hungary’s Chief Medical Officer, said at today’s Operational Group press conference, adding that the current restrictions on movement have been effective. Members of the Operational Group also discussed the role of “hospital commanders,” enforcement of the movement restrictions, best practices to avoid infection and more.
In an effort to support the fight against the coronavirus, the EC has decided to establish a strategic stockpile of medical equipment. Member states that choose to store the RescEU stockpile may ask for support from the EC.
Tamás Schanda said healthcare workers may travel free of charge on the passenger services of MAV and GYSEV, and of Volánbusz and other long-distance bus companies until the state of emergency is lifted.
The government’s primary concern is the protection of human lives. Those voicing unfounded concerns about democracy and the rule of law in Hungary are fighting an imaginary enemy. Meanwhile, we’ll keep fighting a real one: the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry for Innovation and Technology has called on the heads of higher education institutions to maintain measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and protecting people’s health within the framework of a rectoral decree, despite the expiry of the previously ordered state of emergency.
Speaking in his regular morning radio address on public radio, Prime Minister Orbán talked about the latest decision of the Coronavirus Operational Group. There is still no curfew in effect, but the government will impose restrictions on movement for the entire territory of Hungary between March 28 and April 11.
At today’s press conference of the Coronavirus Operational Group, Dr. Cecília Müller announced that there had been no additional deaths from the epidemic and people who feel sick “must stay at home.” Colonel Tibor Lakatos was also on hand and stated that Hungary’s borders are barrier-free.