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Mar 25, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Cabinet will convene today to “resolve” problems arising from expiring state of emergency measures

Since the opposition refused to debate extending special measures in an extraordinary session of parliament on Monday, this can be debated only next Tuesday at the earliest.

The cabinet will convene today to “resolve” problems arising from expiring measures issued under the state of emergency introduced due to the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that since the opposition refused to debate extending special measures in an extraordinary session of parliament on Monday, this can be debated only next Tuesday at the earliest. The government now “has to mitigate the damage caused by the opposition,” he said.

Among the measures expiring this Friday is the decision to close Hungary’s borders to vehicles arriving from certain countries. The closure of universities and the ban for healthcare workers, soldiers and government officials to leave Hungary also expires on Friday.

Meanwhile, the decision to suspend court trials and the authorization of mayors to order the closure of kindergartens and nurseries expire on Monday.

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