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Mar 21, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Operational Group says we may soon enter the era of mass illnesses in Hungary

“We must act as one; every action that reduces the number of human contacts contributes to a decrease in infections,” Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said this afternoon, adding that “this way, we can delay the spread of mass infections.”

Speaking at the Operational Group’s coronavirus press conference this afternoon, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller warned that Hungary may soon enter the era of mass infections.

“We must delay and slow down the spread of the virus so that the number of infections increases only by the smallest possible margin,” Müller said. “In order to achieve this we must act as one as every action that reduces the number of human contacts contributes to a decrease in infections,” she added.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, even though elderly people are the most at risk – and this is why the government decided to launch another information campaign directed at the elderly - everyone should obey the recommendations.

While there are now 103 diagnosed cases of coronavirus in Hungary, Colonel Tibor Lakatos said that we must pay special attention to border control as the number of infections is rapidly increasing in the whole Central European region.

Citing the latest figures of people ordered to stay in self-quarantine, Lakatos said that out of the 3,771 cases authorities have found violations in 94, while legal proceedings have been initiated against 14 individuals for violating the restricted opening hours.

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 under koronavirus@bm.gov.hu