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FM Szijjártó: Hungarian Gov’t’s ‘Non-Textbook’ Response to Covid Proved Effective

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.04.12.

The Hungarian government’s measures taken to tackle the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have proved to be effective, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said on Monday.

Péter Szijjártó said that the government had “not taken the textbook approach; it wanted more than the EU’s vaccine purchases and it did not aim to compensate growing unemployment through providing benefits”.

Hungary Starts Reopening with Daily Fatalities Record
Hungary Starts Reopening with Daily Fatalities Record

Fully 311 patients died over the past 24 hours, while 1,933 new infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Wednesday. The number of active infections has risen to 252,115, while hospitals are caring for 12,202 Covid patients, 1,407 of whom are on ventilators. Since the first outbreak, 693,676 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen […]Continue reading

Instead, the government launched a programme to promote investment and prevented mass unemployment through tying assistance for companies to job retention.

Szijjártó insisted that “if we had applied the leftist, textbook responses forced on us by Brussels, we would now have many thousands more deaths, many tens of thousands more infected, and many hundreds of thousands without jobs”.

Experts Continue to Warn Gov't: Not Time to Reopen Hungary Yet
Experts Continue to Warn Gov't: Not Time to Reopen Hungary Yet

While Hungary’s epidemic statistics have broken records in recent days, the first steps to reopen the country began on Wednesday. Most experts, meanwhile, continue to warn the government, cautioning them that it’s not yet time to ease restrictions. Doctors’ Chamber: ‘Reopening too soon’ On Wednesday, the board of the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) said a […]Continue reading

Currently, Hungary is having the worst death rate in the world (in proportion to the population) and has become the country with the second-worst coronavirus mortality rate in the world after the Czech Republic if we look at it from the beginning of the pandemic.

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