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Apr 23, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Government to decide next Wednesday on easing restrictive measures

Gergely Gulyás revealed today that the government will decide next Wednesday on a plan for a gradual relaunch of the economy and a possible easement of restrictive measures.

Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed today that the government will decide next Wednesday on a plan for a gradual relaunch of the economy and a possible easement of restrictive measures. However, the restrictions currently in force will remain until May 3.

“The government has taken action against the coronavirus in time,” Gulyás said. “The virus can only be defeated with a vaccine, but the timeframe until May 3 is sufficient to prepare the healthcare system for large-scale diseases; we are prepared with equipment, masks and ventilators.”

The minister announced that major government decisions are expected next Wednesday. ”The example of Southern Germany and Austria will be taken into account by the government when deciding on steps to lift restrictions. “The preparation of Hungarian healthcare will allow us to draw up a plan to relaunch the Hungarian economy, but this can only be achieved gradually,” he added.

Minister Gulyás said a new set of rules needs to be created, which provides help to the most vulnerable and infected big cities. Since the economy stopped, thousands of people have lost their jobs: the number of unemployed people grew by 51,000 since March 11, and vacancies dropped from 70-80,000 to 40,000. “The government will decide on the plan for a progressive restart of the economy next Wednesday by taking into account all aspects of the current crisis caused by the epidemic,” the minister said.

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