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Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Protective gear continuously delivered to Hungary

The foreign minister has told parliament that protective gear is being delivered to Hungary continuously.

 

The foreign minister has told parliament that protective gear is being delivered to Hungary continuously, and supplies from China continued to arrive during the Easter holidays.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said last week 26 cargo planes delivering 13,207,000 face masks, 6,203,000 protective suits, 155,000 test kits and 101 ventilators arrived in Hungary.

According to MTI, Hungary has concluded contracts to procure over 148 million face masks, of which nearly 47 million have already arrived. Of the contracted 3 million test kits, 352,000 have been delivered, as were over 20 million of the nearly 48 million hazmat suits. Further deliveries are expected this week.

The minister said the Hungarian government has agreed with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to accelerate stop-overs of cargo planes from China on their way to Hungary.

Hungary has also sent masks and protective gear to Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia as part of a “responsible neighborhood policy,” Minister Szijjártó said. “The better they can fight [the pandemic], the better Hungary’s situation,” he said.

Hungarian communities across the borders in Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Slovenia have received a total of 710,000 face masks, 32,000 hazmat suits and 200,000 gloves.

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