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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Operational Group says if we’re not careful, Budapest could become a focal point of the epidemic

At this morning’s coronavirus press conference, Cecília Müller said that without the restrictions on movement, Budapest could become a focal point of the epidemic in Hungary.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller revealed today that in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths increased by nine which is significant. The death toll now stands at 47. “To prevent this trend from intensifying, a number of measures are needed and those measures must be followed,” she said.

Müller also pointed out that as the number of confirmed cases increases, everyone is at a greater risk and citizens must follow the rules and regulations put in place by the government.

Regarding the number of samples/tests taken – which has increased significantly, now standing at a total of almost 24,000 – Müller said the data shows a large number of infections concentrated in the capital. “If we take Pest county into account here, we are already talk about more than 60 percent,” she said.

“Based on the data, there is a need for increased compliance with the regulations,” she said, adding that if this trend continues then Budapest could become a focal point, which would come with serious consequences.

Meanwhile, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police, highlighted that the government has put aside a significant amount of resources to control the epidemic, and hospital commanders continue to work in the 108 hospitals where they are required by law to operate. “These commanders are continuously reporting on practices and equipment, and take action where a shortage of supply is apparent,” he said.

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