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Mar 05, 2020

PM Orbán: V4 countries are cooperating to fight the coronavirus

At a V4 meeting, the heads of government reviewed the risks and protective measures regarding COVID-19, and coordinated their governments’ actions.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the leaders of the Visegrad Group were cooperating well “in times of trouble as well as in good times”, and highlighted how the coronavirus outbreak was high on the agenda at a V4 meeting held on Wednesday.

PM Orbán said it had been “a good decision” to hold the meeting in view of the fact that the virus had reached the Visegrad countries.

At the meeting, the heads of government reviewed the risks and protective measures regarding COVID-19, and coordinated their governments’ actions.

According to MTI, the prime minister said the outbreak poses a threat to public health and the economy. He said the meeting primarily tackled the public health issue as “people are more important than money and the economy."

PM Orbán said he had briefed his counterparts on the steps Hungary has taken to fight the outbreak. Hungary has an accredited laboratory equipped to diagnose an infection within hours and has set up screening controls at its border crossings, he said.

The prime minister praised the “disciplined” preparation efforts in the other V4 member states, saying Hungary “will learn a lot from this” and may in future rely on the other countries’ help in fighting the virus.

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.

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