Government Mulling Return to Earlier Restrictions

Europe National

The government is weighing the reintroduction of each of the restrictive measures it introduced during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic in the spring, the minister for family affairs has said.
Hungary’s coronavirus situation is no easier than it was a month ago and is expected to get even more difficult, Katalin Novák told a meeting of the Council of the Elderly. The government will decide on its next steps in handling the epidemic on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it is seeking the opinions of the elderly so that it can make the right calls, she added.

Novak said the epidemic was posing serious challenges to the country’s health-care system, adding that this was why the government had tightened its Covid-related regulations. Just as in the spring, Hungary is again keeping its eye on Austria’s epidemic response, Novák said. Because of the similarities between the two countries, the government expects the epidemiological situation to be similar as well, she said, adding that this meant the situation was expected to get “more dramatic” in Hungary in the coming days.

Cecília Müller, the chief medical officer, said Hungary was “going full steam ahead” to develop a coronavirus vaccine, adding that the epidemic “is nowhere near peaking”.


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