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Budapest Mayor: Budapest Residents Deserve to Know Coronavirus Figures

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.05.09.

Budapest residents who have demonstrated “respectable acceptance” of restriction measures so far deserve to know the city’s novel coronavirus infection figures “which the government has so far failed to make public”, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Saturday.

Karácsony said in a post on Facebook that the figures were much needed for the planned reopening of the city and also because of

an increasing number of contradictions that must be clarified.

He cited the fact that during its Saturday press conference the operative board that coordinates Hungary’s response to the epidemic did not reveal how many people were in hospital and how many on ventilators.

The mayor said it would also be important to know why nearly four thousand data items had disappeared from the public health authority website and added that it would be important to know the number of hospital infections.

He said screening data from private health-care institutions showed 0.3 percent positive test results which confirmed the suspicion that the epidemic was mostly spreading “in hospitals and from hospitals”.

The Budapest mayor added that “if this is true then it was shockingly irresponsible by the municipal government office to prohibit the screening of patients released from hospitals.”

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