Budapest joins the Eurocities initiation of other European metropolises in which next Wednesday, on the 24th of March, the attendants of the initiation will take a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Hvg and the Facebook post of Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, the initiation will be held at noon and even public transportation will stop for the duration of the mutual commemoration. He said that they would like to share the grief of people who have lost their loved ones and to thank the hard work of those who are directly fighting against the virus and keep our lives safe and running.
Based on the data of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Gergely Karácsony said that following the death rate of Friday and Saturday, Hungary had the highest death rate per one million residents in all of Europe.
Karácsony also added that in order to successfully be able to combat the pandemic, the more and more heated political arguments should be put aside, since there are no sides in a pandemic, neither in vaccines, only the disease.
He also highlighted that cooperation and solidarity is necessary in such times and welcomed everyone to join the initiative not only just in Budapest.