Coronavirus: Budapest Mayor Calls for Observing Restrictions
MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.28.
Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, has called the restrictions introduced by Hungary’s government to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic crucial in saving human lives and asked every resident to observe them.
“This morning the government took the right step by introducing further restrictions which are vital in preventing the collapse of Hungary’s health-care system,” the mayor said in a video message posted on Facebook on Friday.
Karácsony called it “good news” that former restrictions had brought about a 90 percent drop in the use of public transport in Budapest.
He noted Budapest’s efforts to supply protective gears to people working in health and social care, public transport and waste removal.
Karácsony thanked the interior ministry’s help in providing new face masks to 20,000 social workers and the foreign ministry’s arrangement in the delivery of protective gear offered by the Chinese sister cities of Budapest.
Concerning the looming economic crisis, the mayor pledged to raise wages as planned earlier.
“We can overcome this imminent economic crisis only if we make sure that people have an income. If they do, they will go shopping and use other services which is key in reviving the economy,” Karácsony said.