Not only the medical chamber and Hungarian virologists would like the Hungarian PM to introduce stricter anti-COVID-19 measures but also members of his supporting parties, Fidesz and the Christian Democrats (KDNP). They say that wearing face masks is not enough, and protecting the economy cannot be more important than protecting people’s lives.
According to hvg, they could speak with MPs of Fidesz and KDNP who stated that if the PM does not make the relevant regulations stricter, they will ask him to do so. An MP of the government parties said one month before that they could not halt the country because in that case the economy would be smashed. Furthermore, he added that people would like to get back their normal lives.
Hvg says that Hungary is the only European country where the only serious anti-COVID-19 measure is the compulsory wearing of face masks. In contrast, because of the rising number of infections, other countries already introduced, for example, partial home quarantine while,
in Hungary, fans can still take part in football matches.
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As we reported before, the Hungarian Medical Chamber already demanded stricter measures. Because of the steeply growing number, 4/5th of the Fidesz and KDNP MPs hvg asked before would implement further measures to stop the spread of the virus.
“I understand that we have to have an eye on the economy, but this cannot continue. I hear everywhere the question:
“how many people have to die until we act?”
– said an MP of a Transdanubian city. He added that he could not understand why fans can take part in football matches since they do not keep the rules of mask-wearing. Moreover, he stated that he cannot understand why the government allows family, free time, and gastronomy events where there are hundreds and thousands of people. He also highlighted that
he would revise the opening times of bars as well.
Another MP said that it seems as if the government forgot about the most endangered group, the elderly. He added that he would reintroduce the shopping hours of the elderly to help them evade any contact with those who might carry the virus but do not show any symptoms. It is clear now that wearing a mask is not enough, he said.
Interestingly, most MPs said that they would not close schools. However, some added that, provided the spread of the virus stops during the autumn break, they would reintroduce that measure, too.