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Coronavirus – Fidesz Calls on Opposition to ‘Stop Spreading Fake News’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.24.

The ruling Fidesz party on Friday rejected opposition claims regarding its response to the novel coronavirus epidemic and called on the opposition parties to “stop spreading fake news”.

In a video posted on Facebook, Fidesz communications chief István Hollik insisted that the opposition “has decided to continue its politically motivated attacks as if nothing had happened”.

Regarding the Democratic Coalition’s (DK) claim that testing for the virus is insufficient in Hungary, Hollik said the country has outperformed threefold the World Health Organization’s guidelines regarding testing among the contacts of those infected.

Hollik called the Párbeszéd party’s claim that Hungary’s Covid-19 death rate is the highest in the world “untrue”, adding that Hungary’s death toll is in fact below EU average and a fraction of that in Belgium, France or Sweden.

Concerning the retirement home in Budapest’s Pesti Road, where 27 people died and some 300 had been infected with the virus, Hollik insisted that Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony kept “dodging responsibility”. The authorities have conducted three inspections within the past two days, and found no doctors present on either occasion, he said.

featured image via Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI