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Feb 03, 2020

Hungary's 28-point action plan to fight the coronavirus

Cecília Müller, Hungary’s chief medical officer, said no coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Hungary so far.

The government body established to manage measures against infection by the coronavirus has drafted an action plan.

The 28-point action plan directs the police to scrutinize people entering the country from China as well as those who travelled through China in the previous 14 days, or who came into contact with people infected with the coronavirus.

According to MTI, the action plan tasks the National Public Health Center with setting up a toll-free telephone number for information on the virus and procuring the necessary healthcare supplies. The center must also outfit border crossing staff with protective clothing and set up disinfection stations.

Stocks of medical supplies must be inventoried to ensure sufficient volume and quality, and laboratory capacity must also be reviewed. Conditions for examining university students returning from abroad must be established. The body will closely monitor the situation and take additional steps if necessary.

All passengers arriving from China at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport are being tested for symptoms of the coronavirus.

Budapest Airport told MTI that the passengers are having their temperatures taken and are being assessed.

Hainan Airlines has suspended flights between Budapest and Chongqing from February 7 until March 27. Shanghai Airlines has also suspended its Budapest-Shanghai flights with stopovers in Xi’an and Chengdu, though it will continue to operate its direct flight between Shanghai and the Hungarian capital.

Meanwhile, seven Hungarians evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, have arrived in France and show no symptoms.

Cecília Müller, Hungary’s chief medical officer, said no coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Hungary so far.

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