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Gov’t Plans to Reclassify Countries due to ‘Dramatic Covid Figures’ across Europe

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.06.

The government asks Hungarians to exercise caution when travelling abroad, even if the countries concerned are classified as low-risk regarding coronavirus infections, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a regular press briefing on Thursday.

Gulyás said travelling to Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia was relatively risk-free. Other European countries, except the Baltic States and Finland, are grappling with “much higher” infection rates than Hungary, he said.

The minister noted that Hungary has changed Spain’s coronavirus classification from “green” to “yellow”, indicating a higher risk of infection.

The government sees a worsening Covid-19 situation across Europe with “dramatic figures”, Gulyás said, adding that the government was waiting to re-classify countries other than Spain, with a “less radical increase” in case numbers. He voiced satisfaction with the measures taken in Hungary, where the number of active infections have been stagnating between 500 and 600.

Coronavirus: Ukraine Decision to Classify Hungary as High Risk 'Unfounded', says Transcarpathian association
Coronavirus: Ukraine Decision to Classify Hungary as High Risk 'Unfounded', says Transcarpathian association

The decision by Ukrainian health authorities to classify Hungary as a “red” country in terms of the severity of the coronavirus risk is “professionally unfounded and ill-considered”, the board of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) said on Monday. In a statement, KMKSZ said that in addition to Hungary, Ukraine has also classified Slovakia and […]Continue reading

Concerning 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 to travel to Hungary, it will be good in terms of slowing the epidemic down,” he added.

In the featured photo: PMO Head Gergely Gulyás. Photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI