István Hollik, the communications director for Fidesz, is infected with the coronavirus. This probably explains why Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and his deputy, Balázs Orbán, were also placed in official quarantine, as they had a joint meeting with Hollik a few days ago, Hungarian pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet writes.
The communications director announced on his official Facebook page that his test was positive. As the former government spokesman writes, he felt ill, so he had a test done. After the test came back positive, he went into quarantine. All of his programs have been canceled, but his contacts, who met with him at last Saturday’s private event must also go into official quarantine until they are sure they are healthy.
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Posted by Hollik István on Thursday, 27 August 2020
Since Fidesz’ communication director Hollik has announced that he contracted the coronavirus, several other Fidesz politicians announced that they had met with a confirmed coronavirus patient, and are therefore undergoing official home quarantine and having themselves tested. Earlier today, head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás and his deputy Balázs Orbán said that they are currently in quarantine. Since then, Minister of Justice Judit Varga also announced on Facebook that she was placed in official home quarantine and will work from home. Csaba Dióssi, Fidesz mayor of Dunakeszi, also announced that he was a guest at a private event where he met someone later confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. He was also placed in official home quarantine.
István Hollik was a member of the organizing committee of the Tranzit event as well, so the event was probably postponed due to his infection. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would have made a speech at the exclusive, pro-government event, alongside numerous ministers and state secretaries who would have clashed with opposition politicians in debates regarding their fields of expertise.
According to Hollik, he did not go abroad in recent weeks, and complied with all epidemiological regulations. He does not know where he got the infection. All this points to an increasing risk of community-acquired infection, as evidenced by the sharp rise in the number of cases in recent days.
In the featured photo illustration (from left to right): István Hollik and PMO Head Gergely Gulyás. Photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI