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May 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update: PM Orbán says Budapest can now move to second phase of defense

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government is lifting the curfew restrictions imposed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic in Budapest, with measures in the capital to follow the rest of the country with a two-week delay.

In a special video message posted on Facebook today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government is lifting the curfew restrictions imposed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic in Budapest, with measures in the capital to follow the rest of the country with a two-week delay.

The prime minister said it became clear at expert-level discussions on Saturday that “we have contained the virus in Budapest as well so we can move on – albeit carefully and cautiously – to the second phase of defense here too,” he said.

PM Orbán stressed that responsible behavior and social distancing are particularly important in the capital. He also asked mayors not to take the risk lightly and pay special attention to nursing homes.

“On the 66th day from the announcement of the state of emergency,” PM Orbán said, “I can give you the good news that we have won the first battle, the one for the containment of the virus”. “This is no longer just a hope, a wish or self-encouragement, but a fact,” he added.

PM Orbán said the number of those who have been infected with the virus is low and the number of new cases is also showing a favorable trend.

“We have succeeded because we made all the decisions in time, and because – let me especially emphasize this – everyone, people in the countryside, citizens of Budapest, single people, families, the elderly and young people alike, we all behaved responsibly; let me say thank you for this!” the prime minister said in his message.

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