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Since the beginning of the pandemic, many Hungarian politicians, including members of parliament and state secretaries, have caught the coronavirus. Recently, Minister János Süli was revealed to be in need of hospital care.

János Süli, the minister without portfolio responsible for the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, has been hospitalized, according to a Facebook post he shared on Sunday.

“I am slowly getting better and the doctors are also optimistic about my condition! If all goes well, I can leave the hospital as early as next week,” Süli wrote.

The minister is being treated in the hospital of Szekszárd, he thanked the staff for their work, stating that they “work beyond their limits every day.”

Süli revealed on March 18th on Facebook that he had been quarantined- no news about his condition had been revealed until now.

He was not the only Hungarian politician who needed hospital care after being infected with Covid-19.

In February, ruling Fidesz MP Gábor Bányai was also hospitalized with severe symptoms.

“I’m going through the greatest ordeal of my life, I’ve never been so sick,” the politician wrote at the time in his Facebook post informing the public about his condition.

In March, however, the MP’s condition became critical, so much so that he was put on a ventilator and under anaesthesia. As respiratory assistance was no longer enough he was later placed on an ECMO machine.

According to the latest information released by the politician’s family, since then Bányai is no longer in critical condition and has been feeling better.

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Klára Dobrev, MEP of opposition Democratic Coalition, shared on March 5th that she had become infected with the coronavirus, had a headache and fever, so she had to stay and rest at home.

Last week, the politician wrote on social media that as a result of her infection she got pneumonia. Luckily, she didn’t need hospital care.

“Tough three weeks are behind me. The coronavirus caused me to have double pneumonia. Fever, coughing and shortness of breath, exactly as the doctors and those who went through Covid say, ”wrote Klára Dobrev in a Facebook post.

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András Aradszki, an MP of the ruling Christian Democratic People’s Party, revealed last November he was infected with the coronavirus and being treated in a hospital. Press reports in early December revealed that he had been in intensive care. Luckily since then the politician managed to recover.

However, renowned poet Géza Szőcs, a former state secretary of the second Orbán government and chief cultural advisor to the Prime Minister, could not recover from the disease. He died last November at 67 after he was hospitalized with coronavirus.

In the featured photo: Minister János Süli. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI