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Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update: State Secretary says we must speak responsibly about the virus

Citizens can find the latest, clearest and most accurate information on the infection on koronavirus.gov.hu or abouthungary.hu in english.

The Hungarian government has created the conditions for clear, credible and reliable information flow on the coronavirus epidemic, and citizens can find the latest, clearest and most accurate information on the infection on koronavirus.gov.hu or abouthungary.hu in english.

Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communications and Relations, said the most important task is to eliminate rumors and hoaxes. “We must speak responsibly about the virus,” he said, adding that “this is especially important advice for the sensationalist press, including the opposition media in particular.”

Kovács cited the example of the false rumors that Budapest and Debrecen would be completely quarantined, which circulated for 3-4 days. The government always systematically provides reliable news to the public and the press, providing clear guidance each day, with experts informing the press after meetings of the operative board in charge of handling the new coronavirus.

The state secretary said the opposition was showing “political irresponsibility” by making statements for political gain. He said that instead of attacks, the government expected clear cooperation from the opposition, which is in the interest of Hungary and the Hungarian people.

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