Lifting Restrictions Not Yet in Sight

A decision to ease restrictions introduced to curb the coronavirus pandemic is not yet within reach, with the possible exception of the ban on visits to elderly care homes, the prime minister said.

Speaking after the second round of consultations with epidemiological experts in a three-day series, Viktor Orbán noted in a video posted on Facebook that administering China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine started in Hungary on Wednesday, “an important day … it gives me hope too that leaders of the protection efforts may also have their turn sometime next week.”

“The situation is not easy,” the prime minister said. While the amount of vaccines arriving in the country is growing, Hungary is also threatened by a third wave of the pandemic, he said. “Those two tendencies … work against each other,” he said, citing experts as saying that everyone who can should get themselves inoculated. Although lifting the restrictions is not in sight, the government will look into finding humane solutions to the situation in care homes for the elderly, Orbán said. Those facilities have an 80% inoculation rate by now, and the residents are suffering gravely from the ban on visitors and outings, the prime minister added.


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