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Chinese Pilot with Fever Transported to Budapest Hospital, but No Sign of Coronavirus, says Ministry

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.29.

A Chinese pilot who is being treated in a Budapest hospital shows no sign of being infected with coronavirus, the Ministry of Human Resources (Emmi) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The pilot was transported from Liszt Ferenc International Airport to a city hospital on Tuesday evening with a fever and was put in isolation and under observation. He is no longer feverish and has no symptoms of the illness, the statement added.

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The ministry dismissed press reports that the patient had been unconscious at the airport as “rumour”.

It said the case of the pilot was evidence that Hungary’s epidemic system was in working order.

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A sample taken from the pilot was tested in a national health authority lab earlier today, and the results are expected to be released sometime in the afternoon.

The National Centre for Public Health (NNK) is continually monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus, taking into consideration international reports and recommendations, the ministry said, adding further action will be taken as required.

Meanwhile, the NKK said on Wednesday that the number of patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms in Hungary in the fourth week of January has crossed the threshold for an epidemic. Between January 20 and 26, 17,464 people turned to their GP complaining of flu-like symptoms, 41.2 percent more than the previous week.

Featured photo illustration by Budapest Airport