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Apr 28, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Hungary-China air bridge to deliver medical supplies is functioning well

The foreign minister has revealed that an air-bridge between China and Hungary is functioning well.

The foreign minister has revealed that an air-bridge between China and Hungary is functioning well and the delivery of coronavirus protection supplies from large cities in China is steady.

Addressing parliament, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that this past week 20 aircraft carrying Chinese consignments landed at Budapest’s international airport in addition to consignments forwarded by five lorries from other European airports.

The minister said Hungary last week took delivery of 9,820,600 face masks the number of which has totaled 86,247,290 since the outbreak of the epidemic. The country has signed contracts for the delivery of an additional 62,500,150 masks, he added.

According to MTI, 215 ventilators were imported last week and equipment needed for operating these devices has also been received, including 900 patient watch monitors and 120 central monitors.

The minister said some 20,096,845 items of protective gear including isolation gowns, caps, gloves and face shields also arrived last week and contracts have been signed for an additional 8,086,991 items.

Minister Szijjártó said tests continue to be applied in line with the World Health Organization’s guidelines. Hungary imported 1,010,112 tests last week and contracts have been signed for an additional 1,994,137 tests. He also said that Hungary had signed a contract with China to buy 400,000 units of the drug Favipiravir.

The minister thanked China, as well as Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan for providing technical layovers for aircraft en route from China to Budapest.

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