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Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Operational Group says those aged over 65 are an extremely at risk age group

“The good news today is that seven patients have left the hospital, five Iranians and two Hungarians have been cured,” Cecília Müller said.

During this afternoon’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller has underlined that those aged over 65 are an extremely at risk age group, and those suffering with chronic illnesses should stay at home at any age.

Müller confirmed that over the past 24 hours, the number of patients infected has increased to 85 and two patients have lost their lives, bringing the total number of deceased to three.

The Chief Medical Officer also emphasized that these exceptional times demand sacrifices from everyone and people should do whatever they can, including stay-at-home quarantine when arriving back from abroad, and avoid large groups of people.

“The good news today is that seven patients have left the hospital, five Iranians and two Hungarians have been cured,” Müller said.

Meanwhile, Colonel Tibor Lakatos, Head of the Operational Group, said there is no significant disruption to traffic entering Hungary. “Currently, 42 passengers are waiting at Liszt Ferenc Airport,” he said, adding that “we are doing our best to take care of them by providing beds, masks and Wi-Fi access.”

Lakatos also touched upon the unfortunate business of fraudsters taking advantage of the current situation. “Many are trying to profit from this difficult situation,” he said. “In connection with these cases, 47 proceedings are now underway and a total of 22 suspects are being questioned.”

What's more, Brigadier Rousseau Romulus said the military has helped at 71 companies with the aim of securing operations. “There are also military patrols in several cities, which are designed to enhance the sense of security. From Saturday, another 100 soldiers will support the work of the Ministry of the Interior in border protection,” 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