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Mar 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Foreign minister says people's health and care comes first

The foreign minister held talks with his Slovak, Czech and Austrian counterparts on Tuesday morning. All countries agreed that the most important task is to protect people's health and to ensure their care.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, held talks with his Slovak, Czech and Austrian counterparts on Tuesday morning. All countries agreed that the most important task is to protect people's health and to ensure their care.

The foreign minister stressed that in the current situation, countries in the region are highly independent on each other, adding that “there was a consensus that we probably need to be prepared for a period of time, which means not days, weeks, but months”.

From Tuesday, only Hungarian citizens can cross the Hungarian border in the case of passenger transport, but as the minister pointed out, freight transport is not restricted and transit traffic is also allowed. “It is crucial to preserve the functioning of the country in order to stay capable of taking care of the Hungarian people,” he said.

The minister also said that there are 46 Hungarian citizens in quarantine in five countries: 39 in Austria, two in China, two in the United States, two in Vietnam and one in Singapore. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also in contact with and helping everyone.

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

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