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Mar 18, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Government has ordered “many” coronavirus tests

The Hungarian government has ordered “many” coronavirus tests and will take steps to accelerate laboratory procedures.

The Hungarian government has ordered “many” coronavirus tests and will take steps to accelerate laboratory procedures.

Chief medical officer Cecília Müller said the number of test laboratories has been “significantly increased”, noting that there was a larger demand in view of the number of new cases and contacts.

When asked why the numbers of cases broken down geographically were not available, Müller said the aim was to fight the epidemic rather than to cause panic. She also said there was a sufficient number of ventilators in the country, with more to be purchased.

Müller warned seniors above 70 not to leave their homes, or keep a distance of 2 meters from other people should they still need to go out. Concerning younger people, she said that outdoor activities were recommended to otherwise healthy people without Covid-19 symptoms, if not done in groups.

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