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Mar 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Failure to comply with coronavirus rules could mean fines

Failure to comply with the rules set by the authorities concerning the coronavirus outbreak will constitute a misdemeanor and be punishable with a fine of up to HUF 500,000 (EUR 1,500).

Tibor Lakatos, head of the Operative Board, said failure to comply with the rules set by the authorities concerning the coronavirus outbreak will constitute a misdemeanor and be punishable with a fine of up to HUF 500,000 (EUR 1,500).

According to MTI, Lakatos said legislation on the emergency measures aimed at combatting the outbreak is already being drafted, adding that the rules would be enforced by the police.

The government has also instructed the human resources ministry to keep a record of Hungary’s full-time medical students so that if necessary, they could be called on to help manage the health crisis. It will also authorize the police force to manage health data necessary for carrying out its duties.

Concerning police monitoring of residents’ compliance with home quarantine regulations, Lakatos said so far 40 people had been caught breaking the rules.

When asked why Hungary’s mobile container hospital was being built in Kiskunhalas, he said the southern Hungarian town was “relatively close” to the capital, where most of the infections have been identified, adding that it was also the area where the right infrastructure conditions for such a facility were in place.

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