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Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Update: People who feel sick must stay at home

“There are no new deaths in Hungary, and people who feel sick must stay at home,” said Cecília Müller at today’s Operational Group press conference.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said today that more and more people are appearing at hospitals believing they are sick, but stressed that they must stay at home. “These people should stay at home and call their GP on phone,” she said.

The Chief Medical Officer also highlighted the rules and regulations put in place by the government to protect the nation against the coronavirus, adding that “GPs will decide with the epidemiologist or infectologist whether it really is a suspected coronavirus case. And, if so, the National Ambulance Service will take the patient to the hospital.”

“There are currently no regional focal points, however in densely populated areas, there is more disease,” Müller said. “In the time of large-scale diseases restrictive measures may increase, but hygiene rules will not change. Recovered patients must also follow the same rules and measures as the rest of the population,” she added.

Meanwhile, Colonel Tibor Lakatos, Head of the Operational Group, said compliance checks on the ordered government rules are ongoing and the authorities are acting appropriately against those who violate them. He also said traffic at the borders are barrier-free, but with longer waiting times at Hegyeshalom and the Slovakian border.

Answering a question from the press, Colonel Lakatos said the presence of the army at strategic companies in Hungary serves the interest of its citizens. “Defense Operational Groups were directed to strategic companies which have key roles in providing care,” he said, adding that “the groups can report any kind of disruption and based on this the Operational Group can act immediately.”

Regarding a mobile hospital in Kiskunhalas, Lakatos said construction will begin within the next week. The establishment of the infrastructure and commissioning processes are ongoing, he added.

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

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