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by Kevin | Last Updated: April 10, 2020


Basic health care workers will receive further protective supplies, the head of the duty centre of the Operational Group responsible for the containment of the coronavirus epidemic said at an online press conference held on Thursday.

Tibor Lakatos said so far the government has provided general practitioners with 280,000 surgical face masks and 19,000 FFP masks through the ambulance service, while in the near future another 520,000 surgical face masks will be sent out to them and to dentists providing urgent care through the government offices.

They will also receive other protective supplies, Mr Lakatos promised, adding that 3,420 FFP2 masks and 320,000 pairs of protective gloves have been set aside for the purpose.

He pointed out that protective supplies are being delivered on an ongoing basis throughout the country; on Thursday, they are delivering protective supplies to another 32 hospitals to replenish the weekly stocks distributed earlier.

Regarding supplies, he said on Wednesday four cargo planes arrived in the country. One plane from Hong Kong delivered more than 10 tonnes of face masks, while the other three planes, too, brought protective health care supplies.

In border traffic the situation is calm; there is now a protocol in place, on the basis of which they are able to receive transit passengers entering Hungary. At the Hungarian-Romanian border, from Thursday commuters and workers working near the border may enter the country at the border crossing points at Létavértes, Méhkerék and Vállaj.

At border crossing stations, they continue to impose compulsory home quarantine orders; in the past 24 hours, they have issued 860 orders, and as a result, the total number of compulsory home quarantine orders currently in effect has risen to 16,006. They have been checked 138,856 times; in the past 24 hours alone, more than 10,000 checks have been carried out.

In connection with the violation of the compulsory home quarantine regulations, so far the police have cautioned 71 persons, have imposed 441 onsite fines, and have prosecuted 541 persons.

Since the introduction of the restrictions on movement, the police have cautioned 4,539 persons. Mr Lakatos said they continue to primarily resort to cautions wherever possible in order to induce people to cooperate on a voluntary basis. Violators who refused to cooperate have been fined in more than 1,000 instances, while 1,218 persons have been prosecuted.

In answer to a question, he said experiences show that with the improvement of the weather ever more people are going outdoors, and parallel with this, the number of infringements related to the restrictions on movement, too, is on the rise. He mentioned as an example that in Budapest on Wednesday the police were compelled to take action in 72 more instances than on Tuesday; this clearly indicates that residents of the capital are running out of patience. Detailing the measures adopted by the police in Budapest, he said on Wednesday they cautioned 308 persons, onsite fines were imposed in 51 cases, and 85 persons were prosecuted.

Most breaches were committed in the form of group gatherings in streets, Mr Lakatos pointed out, adding that police officers are often given reasons which are not among the essential reasons listed in the decree on restrictions on movement. This is no time for friendly gatherings and birthday parties; with reference to such events, the imposed restrictions cannot be violated, and police officers are unable to accept them as valid excuses, he underlined.

In answer to another question, he said there is no confirmed coronavirus patient or person displaying symptoms in any penal institution. He added that already at the beginning of the spread of the virus the national commander of penal institutions adopted measures serving to regulate face-to-face interactions in prisons. There is no situation that would give rise to concern, he added.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)


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