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Coronavirus: Defence Ministry Oversees Epidemic Response at Strategic Companies, Military Presence across Hungary

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.20.

Operative groups set up by the defence ministry started working on Thursday at 71 Hungarian companies to coordinate containment measures in connection with the novel coronavirus epidemic.

The operative bodies started work at the Hungarian Stock Exchange, oil and gas company MOL, national rail company MÁV and at the country’s public broadcaster, among others, the ministry said. The aim is to ensure the seamless operation of essential production lines and services, it said.

The statement noted that Prime Minister Viktor Orban last Friday announced the establishment of ten operative groups working to prevent the spread of the virus. The group responsible for the security of strategic Hungarian companies reports to Defence Minister Tibor Benkő, the ministry said.

From Friday on, there is “increased military presence” across the country, especially in towns and cities with military facilities.

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