Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said there was “realistic hope” that employment in 2020 could return to last year’s level.
According to MTI, the minister said that the latest statistics showed 4.452 million people holding jobs in Hungary as against the current figure of 4.472 million. Further figures on economic performance are expected this autumn but “nobody in the world can change the fact that there was a six-week stoppage, an extreme reduction in economic performance” as a result of the novel coronavirus epidemic, he added.
In regard to Ukraine’s putting Hungary in the “extremely dangerous” category in terms of the pandemic, Gulyás said that while Ukraine had 762 active cases per one million inhabitants, that figure in Hungary was 54, which “shows what foundations the Ukrainian decision had”. He added that many ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine had Hungarian citizenship, and they were free to enter. “If Ukrainian nationals are banned from travelling to Hungary, it will be good in terms of slowing the epidemic down,” he added.