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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Chief Medical Officer says patients can be found in all counties across the country

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said today that densely populated areas have a higher infection rate, but patients can be found in all counties across the country.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said today that densely populated areas have a higher infection rate, but patients can be found in all counties across the country.

During the Operational Group’s daily coronavirus press conference, Müller added that the number of laboratory tests has increased significantly, standing at almost 18,000. “Hungary is acting in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization. It is unnecessary to test the whole country, because the data collected would not affect the response to the epidemic," she said.

Müller also drew attention to the importance of keeping to the hygiene rules and how it remains extremely important to avoid places where the virus can be transmitted. "Although the densely populated areas have a higher infection rate, patients can be found in all counties," she said, adding that "taking care of vulnerable groups is the only way to slow down the spread of the epidemic."

Meanwhile, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, said hospitals are prepared for the period of mass illnesses. "The redeployment protocol is also in place and 31 more hospitals have received new protective equipment," he said, adding that more healthcare equipment is on its way to Hungary.

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