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DK: Govt Has Lost Control over Handling of Both Epidemic and Crisis

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.18.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government “have lost control over” the handling of both the novel coronavirus epidemic and the economic crisis resulting from it, the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) said on Friday.

“Denying the crisis won’t stop either the epidemic or the crisis,” DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told an online press conference in response to the prime minister’s regular Friday radio interview. He said the government had failed to adequately prepare the health-care sector for dealing with the epidemic, arguing that “ten years of destruction can’t be fixed over the span of a few months”.

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Barkóczi also slammed the prime minister’s management of the economic crisis, saying that “even the most conservative estimates” indicated that some 200,000 people have lost their jobs in the recent period.

Commenting on Orbán’s visit to the Korányi Pulmonary Hospital, Barkóczi said the prime minister had been correctly told that it was not ventilators that the health-care sector was short on, but rather the doctors that are qualified to operate them.

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