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May 05, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Hungary moves to second phase of easing out of restrictive measures

Daily life and the economy can slowly restart in the countryside, although movement restrictions remain in force in Budapest and Pest County.

 

During today’s Operational Group press conference, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, reminded those present that the second phase of the defense against the coronavirus has started in Hungary. This means that daily life and the economy can slowly restart in the countryside, although movement restrictions remain in force in Budapest and Pest County.

With the new regulations, police are focusing on social distancing and the wearing of masks in shops and on transport (e.g., buses, taxis) in rural cities. Like Western European countries, “a regulation creating the possibility for electronic monitoring of those in compulsory home quarantine – currently 10,547 people – has been announced in the Hungarian Gazette,” Kiss added.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller pointed out that the spread of the epidemic has stabilized. “The number of active infections decreased below 2,000 due to a decrease in the number of new confirmed cases and an increase in the number of recovered ones,” she said, adding that “Budapest and Pest County are still the areas most affected by the epidemic.”

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