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Coronavirus in Hungary

79 cikk Frissítve: 2020. október 2.
  1. COVID-19 was first diagnosed in Hungary on 4 March, and since then, there have been more than 3500 confirmed cases and more than 440 people have died of the disease, but the number of active cases has been on the decline since the start of May. For the current numbers, see our chart here.
  2. A week after the announcement of the first case, Hungary declared a state of emergency, and at the end of March, Fidesz's parliamentary supermajority had significantly expanded the government's emergency powers without a specific end date. According to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the government could give the special authorisation back as early as May.
  3. The virus has entered into community transmission, the epidemic in Hungary was originally expected to peak in June or July, officials are now expecting a plateau to begin on 3 May. Here is what you can do to prevent catching or spreading the disease.
  4. At the end of March, the government announced a stay-at-home order with a rather wide range of exceptions. At the end of April, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that the government is rolling back restrictions in most of the country. On 18 May, the stay-at-home order was lifted in Budapest and surrounding Pest county as well.
  5. The borders are closed to all foreigners. The entry ban was later extended by the Chief Medical Officer.
  6. Schools and universities are closed, education continues remotely. High school final exams will take place, although only in written form.
  7. All upcoming events are cancelled, non-essential shops close at 3:00 PM.
  8. To counter the immediate effects of the pandemic on the economy, the government introduced a large-scale relief package which was soon expanded. The government expects massive unemployment.
  9. Scroll down to see all of our articles about the coronavirus situation in Hungary, and follow the English edition of Index on Twitter and Facebook to get our latest updates.

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