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Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Chief Medical Officer says people must take restrictions on movement seriously

Cecília Müller said there were “many people” who did not take the curfew rules seriously enough or had misunderstood the timeframe designated for shopping for basic items.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said Budapest is at “serious risk” of seeing an “explosion” of coronavirus cases, with most of Hungary’s confirmed cases located in the capital and Pest county.

Müller added that 62 percent of the country’s confirmed novel coronavirus cases have been recorded in Budapest and Pest county, so is therefore asking the public for strict compliance with curfew and social distancing restrictions.

Müller said there were “many people” who did not take the curfew rules seriously enough or had misunderstood the timeframe designated for shopping for basic items.

In response to a question, Müller said the current lab capacities were sufficient for carrying out the necessary number of tests, adding that COVID-19 patients were also being treated at hospitals other than South Pest Central Hospital.

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