The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling on the government to postpone its spring “national consultation” public survey and divert “all its propaganda resources” to fighting the new coronavirus.
At a press conference, DK managing director Csaba Molnár called on the government to carry out significantly more tests for the virus, citing reports that people are not always tested despite their request.
He also asked the government to launch an English-language website providing information and advice about the coronavirus, so that foreigners in Hungary can keep updated on the situation in the country.
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Regarding preventive measures, Molnár said the authorities should first distribute face masks and hand sanitisers to health-care workers before distributing them to the general public.
Speaking at a separate press conference, Socialist leader Bertalan Tóth said the funds allocated for the “national consultation survey” should be ploughed into disease prevention. He called on the government to ensure soap and hand sanitisers for public schools and inform households on how to prevent infections, he said.
“There is no reason to panic but there is good reason to worry,” he said.
Featured photo by Csaba Molnár’s Facebook page