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May 20, 2020

Coronavirus Update: CMO says Hungary's low numbers puts us in a good spot among European countries

“There continues to be a regional difference in terms of the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants,” Cecilia Müller said today, adding that the figure is the highest in Budapest, 97.6, while nationwide there have been 36.8 infections for every 100,000 people.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller began today’s Operational Group press conference by stating that in the last 24 hours, 42 new cases of coronavirus have been encountered in Hungary, bringing the total number of infected to 3,598. She added that the three people who passed away yesterday all suffered from chronic diseases.

“There continues to be a regional difference in terms of the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants,” Müller said, adding that the figure is the highest in Budapest, 97.6, while nationwide there have been 36.8 infections for every 100,000 people. This number, she said, “puts Hungary in a good spot among European countries.” According to the CMO, there are currently 1,674 active cases of coronavirus in Hungary and 45 percent of them are in Budapest.

Speaking about the lifting of movement restrictions in Budapest on Monday, Müller said that with the opening of playgrounds and parks we can now spend more time outdoors. These places, however, “should only be visited by healthy people, parents and children alike.”

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