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The Hungarian government and the operative board coordinating the response to the novel coronavirus epidemic do not plan to introduce a curfew or place localities under partial lockdown, the head of the board’s emergency centre said.

The authorities will take measures to enforce home quarantine measures more effectively, however, Tibor Lakatos said.

So far, the authorities have ordered 3,065 homes into quarantine and checked compliance 8,293 times, Lakatos said.

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Ignoring home quarantine instructions or otherwise disregarding the work of health-care workers and disaster management experts puts the effectiveness of the response at risk, Lakatos warned.

PMO Head: with epidemic spreading, ban can be introduced

The head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás said at a regular government news briefingan increase in the number of cases or the speed that the epidemic spreads may justify introducing a ban on people leaving their homes.

It would be preferable to avoid this scenario, he added, but nobody could guarantee that such measures would not be necessary in 2-3 weeks’ time.

In the featured photo: head of the board’s emergency centre Tibor Lakatos. Photo by Attila Kovácc/MTI


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