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Mandatory quarantine for travelers entering Hungary from abroad has been lowered to 10 days from 14 days, a member of the operative board responsible for handling the epidemic said on Tuesday.

The amendment of the relevant government decree came into force on Monday, Róbert Kiss said.

Kiss told an online press conference that apart from quarantine, foreign citizens must also show permission issued by the police before they are allowed into the country.

In the past 24 hours, 3,062 people have been ordered into self-quarantine, 774 of them upon entering across the border, Kiss said. Currently, 25,212 are in home quarantine, he said.

Of those self-isolating, 1,823 have allowed the authorities to electronically control compliance with quarantine regulations, Kiss said, noting electronic verification eliminates the dangers associated with physical checks without affecting data management.

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On Monday, the authorities took action in 49 cases due to people neglecting to wear masks or wearing them incorrectly, he said. Twenty-two cases took place on public transport, while 27 were in shopping centres, he added.

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