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Coronavirus – Orbán: Wearing Masks only Way to Curb Epidemic

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.24.

The Hungarian government is working to ensure that Hungary is among the first countries to have access to a safe vaccine against Covid-19, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Facebook after a meeting of the operative board responsible for handling the epidemic, on Friday.

In his video message, the prime minister said Hungary has signed up for all European Union-based coronavirus vaccine research programmes.

Coronavirus: Mask Wearing Mandatory at Open-air Events
Coronavirus: Mask Wearing Mandatory at Open-air Events

Wearing masks has become mandatory at open-air events, including sports events, in line with a government decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Thursday evening. Those that don’t observe the new regulations will be fined, including event organisers. The government’s decision came as sudden and unexpected, as only a few hours prior to […]Continue reading

Orbán added, at the same time, that he has instructed the operative board to look into the circumstances of producing and purchasing the newly-developed Russian and Chinese vaccines.

The epidemic is gaining momentum all over Europe, including Hungary, Orbán said, adding that Hungary’s infection rates were “in ranges of those of Austria”.

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He said there were a total of 2,209 Covid-19 patients being treated in 42 hospitals in Hungary, adding that thanks to the efforts of the country’s doctors and nurses, the health-care system could bear the burden.

Orbán said the operative board reviewed the rules on mask-wearing. “We’ve given the public a grace period and by now everyone has had enough time to grasp that wearing masks is the only way to curb the epidemic,” he said. Orbán said he has instructed Interior Minister Sándor Pintér to have the existing regulations enforced in a way so that mask-wearing becomes universal.

Orbán 'Not Big Fan' of Wearing a Mask but Says It's Important to Protect Each Other
Orbán 'Not Big Fan' of Wearing a Mask but Says It's Important to Protect Each Other

When asked about his special ‘Coolest Hungarian’ face mask, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán shared with Hungarian tabloid Blikk that he receives many really special pieces as gifts from family and friends, while he received this particular one that he wore at last week’s operative board meeting from American Hungarians. He added that although he is […]Continue reading

The meeting also touched on the availability of flu vaccines, which the prime minister noted was free for all members of the public.

Featured photo illustration via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page