Hungary imposes state of emergency and night curfew

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Due to the increasing number of infections with the coronavirus, Hungary imposes a night-time curfew. Restaurants and clubs have to close, theaters, cinemas and other event organizers are only allowed to allocate one third of the available seats, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced in a video that appeared on his Facebook page last night.

“The spread of the pandemic has accelerated,” Orban said. “It is time for us to take new steps to protect the functioning of hospitals and the lives of our elderly citizens”. The curfew will apply from 0.00 to 5.00 a.m.

Emergency situation for 15 days
The emergency situation allows the government to adopt extraordinary measures by decree. It comes into force tomorrow at 0.00 hours and is initially valid for 15 days. It may be extended by Parliament for a further 90 days. In the spring, at the beginning of the pandemic, Orban had attracted criticism at home and abroad for having Parliament grant him special powers of attorney for an unlimited period. However, he relinquished these in June after the first pandemic wave had subsided.

In the meantime, the corona virus has Hungary – like other European countries – under stronger control than at that time. Today, the authorities reported 3,989 new infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which can cause the disease Covid-19, in the last 24 hours. 84 people died in the same period. In total, 86,769 people have been infected with the corona virus in the country with a population of ten million since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. The number of acute cases was reported at 63,940, or 654 per 100,000 inhabitants.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies. Picture: pixabay.com

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