Hungary extends border closure until 1 February

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Hungary is extending its border closure until February 1, 2021, which according to the Hungarian Official Gazette extends the strict border regime, which initially applied until December 1, by two more months. In this sense, foreigners may enter Hungary only with justified exceptions, while Hungarian citizens returning to their country must be quarantined.

The restrictions introduced so far will remain in place, explained Minister of Law Gergely Gulyas at a press conference in Budapest today. The minister initially justified the high number of cases by citing the increased number of tests. The situation will be reviewed again next week.

With regard to the vaccine, Gulyas emphasized that Hungary is negotiating with Russia, China and Israel, with vaccination being offered free of charge and on a voluntary basis. The minister also criticized the Pfizer company for lack of solidarity, saying that Pfizer would initially only supply the USA and would refund half of the Hungarian advance payment.

Strongly rising CoV numbers in Hungary
With regard to the EU budget, Gulyas said that Hungary continues to insist on its veto and rejects the idea of tying the disbursement of EU funds to political conditions. Hungary owes the EU nothing, Gulyas said. The country would receive four billion euros annually, while EU companies would receive six billion euros from their activities in Hungary.

The number of newly infected CoVs in Hungary has dramatically increased in the past 24 hours to 6,360, almost double the number of the previous 24 hours. 115 people died in connection with the virus, 7,537 are in hospital, 640 are on artificial respiration. There are 45,750 people in quarantine, 1,566,619 million tests have been carried out.

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

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