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Apr 29, 2020

Coronavirus Update: CMO says Hungary has reached a balanced situation where restrictions could be eased

“We have now reached a balanced situation, which provides an opportunity to possibly introduce a reduction in restrictive measures,” Cecilia Müller said today.

 

During today's Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller reported that 536 people have so far recovered from the virus while 300 have died. Müller added that 278 people over the age of 61 have died to date and 983 people are currently being treated in 25 hospitals. In total, 675 people are being treated in Budapest.

The Chief Medical Officer said there are currently 27 nursing homes registered where the virus has already appeared. Nursing homes continue to be inspected and disinfected. Disinfection processes have already been completed in 300 institutions. "The results and actions of the audits are expected to be presented next week," she said.

Müller also spoke about the government decree that had recently been issued. Previously, electronically prescribed drugs could be taken from the pharmacy without the need for approval. “The current government decree extends this scope to medical devices as well,” she said.

The Chief Medical Officer also talked about working to keep graduation for students to a minimum stress. Adequate hygiene will be ensured in the relevant institutions and graduates will be required to adhere to hygiene rules. She also thanked the teachers for their work and wished the candidates a successful exam.

“We have now reached a balanced situation, which provides an opportunity to possibly introduce a reduction in restrictive measures,” Müller said. However, she warned that if more encounters occur, the number of infections may increase.

Müller also said that the virus could be transmitted even with maximum precautions, which is why one or two hospitals became focal points. It is very important that all institutions follow strict rules, she said. “PCR testing will be performed on a representative sample by four universities, which will inform us whether the selected individuals have a positive presence and have previously been infected,” she 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