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Coronavirus: Soros Donates 1 Million Euros to Budapest

“In solidarity with the people of his birthplace,” Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros announcedhe will be donating one million Euros to Budapest to help the capital’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In his statement, he argues that “the COVID-19 pandemic knows no boundaries, not between countries, communities, religions, or people. Anyone can …

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Coronavirus: Special Powers Granted to Gov’t to Fight Pandemic

Lawmakers on Monday passed a bill aimed at extending a state of emergency and granting the government special powers to take extraordinary measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Among the measures, flouting quarantine regulations is punishable by up to three years in prison. Also, anyone who disseminates fake news or …

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Coronavirus: Epidemic Has Slowed Down, says Operative Board

Hungary has successfully managed to slow down the spread of novel coronavirus compared with other countries in the region, a leader of the central team coordinating efforts against the epidemic told an online press conference on Thursday. Tibor Lakatos said that the positive trend was the result of government measures and people taking restrictions seriously. …

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Coronavirus: Hungary Applies for EU VAT Exemption for Masks, Respirators

The Hungarian government has appealed to the European Commission to grant VAT exemption for imports of face masks, respirators and other equipment of protection against the novel coronavirus, State Secretary Norbert Izer told MTI on Thursday. Izer added that the exemption would only apply to appliances to be distributed free of charge. …

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Olympics Postponed: Devastating Disappointment or Triumph of Sport – Hungarian Sportsmen React

In the wake of the news about the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Hungarian sportsmen in general accepted and acknowledged the decision, many of them were however unable to hide their disappointment, given the prolongation and uncertainty of preparations.  To this date, Hungarian sportsmen …

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Genome of Coronavirus Sequenced in Hungary for First Time

The first complete Hungarian coronavirus genome has been successfully sequenced by the Virological Research Group of the Szentágothai Research Center at the University of Pécs and the Bio-informatics Research Group. Virologist Ferenc Jakab, leader of the Szentágothai Research Center, emphasized that this is an important milestone for further Hungarian and international …

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Coronavirus: 3 Million Face Masks, 86 Ventilators, Tests Arrive from China

A consignment of protective gear in connection with novel coronavirus has arrived from China, the prime minister said on Facebook on Tuesday. The delivery contains 3 million face masks, 100,000 tests and 86 ventilators, Viktor Orbán said. Consignments from China are being delivered to Hungary regularly, with around ten plane loads expected …

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UPDATED Coronavirus – Orbán: Small Businesses in Further Sectors Granted Tax Exemption

The government has organised its response to the new coronavirus outbreak along the policing, military, health-care and economic aspects of combatting the epidemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a press conference on Monday. “We will have to succeed on four battlefields simultaneously,” Orbán said at an online press conference of the operative …

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Coronavirus: Another Patient Dies, Number of Cases Rises to 167

The number of novel coronavirus related deaths has increased to seven in Hungary as an old man died, the government’s info website koronavirus.gov.hu said on Monday morning. The site also reported that the number of patients recovered from the illness has increased to 16. The number of people diagnosed and confirmed with …

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Coronavirus: 1,469 Hungarians Returning Home Worldwide

Over the weekend, 1,469 Hungarians worldwide, who have been stranded due to the new coronavirus epidemic, started their journey home with government help, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Sunday. The government has set up ten action groups to handle the response to the epidemic, one of them focusing on helping Hungarians stranded abroad. …

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Weeklies on the State of Emergency

Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies ponder the economic and social implications of the coronavirus emergency, including discussion of the extension of the state of emergency. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu In 168 Óra, Péter Somfai suggests panic shopping is due to the lack of trust among Hungarians. The left-wing columnist suggests that the Hungarian …

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As Shopping Hysteria Intensifies, Workers’ Union Calls for Regulation

Contrary to the warnings of experts, retailers, and the government, shopping hysteria is reaching extreme heights, resulting in the temprorary cut-off of certain porducts, the exhaustion of workers, and the increasing danger of getting infected in grocery shops often packed with customers. Despite the panic-buying that began weeks ago, last …

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Coronavirus – Orbán: Gov’t Suspends Debt Service for Businesses, Individuals

The government has decided to suspend until the end of the year the capital and interest rate payment obligations of both private individuals and businesses under effective loan agreements, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announcedon his Facebook page on Wednesday. The government has also decided to extend short term business loans until …

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Borders Closed: Who Can Enter Hungary and How?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that Hungary will close its borders for all passenger transport. The measure is effective from midnight until further notice. Although the borders will be closed, Hungarian citizens and their family members can enter the country and Liszt Ferenc International Airport remains open as well.  The …

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Coronavirus Enters New Stage in Hungary, Going from Isolated Cases to Clusters, says Chief Medical Officer

The outbreak of the new coronavirus in Hungary has entered its next stage, going from isolated cases to clusters, chief medical officer Cecília Müller said on Monday. The cases identified in the country so far were either individual ones or within smaller communities, she told a press conference after a meeting of …

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Coronavirus: Budapest Mayor Calls for ‘Braver’ Measures

Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony has called for “braver measures” to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. Restrictive measures implemented so far to contain the epidemic have been “insufficient”, Gergely Karácsony said in a video message on Facebook on Monday. “What we see if we look at Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and other countries …

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Coronavirus – Orbán: Hungary’s Schools Closed from Monday

Hungary’s schools will stay closed from Monday in view of efforts against the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video announcement published on Facebook on Friday night. From March 16 on, schools will continue education through digital channels, and no personal presence at the school will be required, …

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Coronavirus: Schools Remain Open For Now, Despite Requests for Closures

While Hungarian universities have been ordered to close, the closure of schools is still not on the agenda. Although teachers’ unions urge for the closure, the government insists that the disease tends to evade children, which makes school closures unnecessary for now. A decree issued on Wednesday explicitly banned school …

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Coronavirus: Even Fidesz and KDNP Suggest that Schools Should be Closed Down

Hungary’s parliamentary parties have unanimously suggested that schools should be closed down on Monday in view of the new coronavirus spreading, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office told a press conference, adding that the government was likely to pass a decision within one day. Gergely Gulyás said that the number of …

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Karácsony: Budapest’s Cinemas, Theatres, Museums, Libraries to Be Closed

Budapest’s cinemas, theatres, museums and libraries are being closed down for the time being in connection with the new coronavirus, Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, announced on Thursday. Performances will be suspended in all cinemas and theatres maintained by the municipality, while museums and all branches of the Szabó Ervin Library …

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Number of Coronavirus Patients in Hungary Grows to 13

The 13th person in Hungary to be diagnosed with Covid-19 is a Hungarian woman who has been in contact with the Debrecen-based British man diagnosed earlier this month, koronavirus.gov.hu, the government website providing information on the outbreak, saidon Wednesday. The woman has been quarantined in Budapest’s St László hospital for the past …

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Coronavirus: Jobbik Calls for Kindergartens, Schools, Universities to be Closed

The opposition Jobbik party is demanding that kindergartens, schools and universities should be closed in order to prevent the emergence of a serious epidemic of the new coronavirus. György Szilágyi, the party’s deputy leader, told a press conference on Tuesday: “We must do all we can to prevent the epidemic from spreading any …

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Govt Cancels March 15 State Celebrations Over Coronavirus Concerns

Hungary’s government has decided to cancel next week’s state celebrations of the March 15 national holiday because of the new coronavirus, at the recommendation of the operative board overseeing the response to the virus, the Government Information Office said on Saturday. Though Hungary so far has only identified individual coronavirus …

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Coronavirus: First Hungarian Patient in Hungary Identified

A 70-year-old Hungarian man with underlying health conditions was identified as the fifth coronavirus patient in Hungary. Although there were previous cases of the disease in Hungary, they were all foreigners – three Iranian and a British citizen. The elderly man with severe illness was diagnosed earlier today and currently …

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