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Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Army officers begin their command of 51 hospitals in Hungary

The defense minister has revealed that army officers have started their command of 51 hospitals out of 108 in Hungary.

The defense minister has revealed that army officers have started their command of 51 hospitals out of 108 in Hungary.

Tibor Benkő said that in an emergency situation it is extremely important that the virus should be handled under a unified command, and that the management and use of materials should be directed and controlled centrally.

The minister said hospital commanders have a supporting role and are not involved in making decisions on medical or health issues. Their job is to submit proposals and requests to the national commander, who forwards them to the operative body in charge of handling novel coronavirus, he said.

Minister Benkő added that an action group in charge of the security of strategic Hungarian companies has selected companies in the fields of food industry, oxygen supply, info-communications and energy.

A total of 139 companies have been selected in the first round, and army teams have started their work in 84 of them. More companies will be selected during the week, the minister added.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu