In view of the war in Ukraine, the government will propose expanding the types of special legal order enshrined in the constitution, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday.
The state of special legal order introduced as a result of the coronavirus epidemic will end on May 31, Gergely Gulyás told a regular press conference. In view of the war in Ukraine, it is important that the government should be able to
take swift action when necessary
and it will propose expanding the status of special legal order to include humanitarian catastrophe and war in a neighbouring country, he said. This option will hopefully not need to be used but the possibility needs to be there, he said.
Hungary will continue making every effort to restore peace as soon as possible but its influence is limited, he said. It is a realistic scenario that the war could last for months or even years, and the movement of troops shows that the fights could intensify for periods of time, he added.
So far, some 625,000 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine have crossed to Hungary,
Gulyás said. Over 80 percent have already travelled on, and the number of those currently staying here is estimated at maximum 100,000, he said. The government aims to provide work or education to as many as possible, and as a first safe country, it will provide refuge, accommodation and food to those forced to flee their homes, he said.
Coronavirus case numbers in Hungary suggest that while the coronavirus pandemic has not disappeared, its intensity has diminished,
the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Thursday.
In the past 24 hours, 24 people died in Hungary of a coronavirus-related illness, and 3,041 new infections were registered, Gergely Gulyás told a regular press briefing. Meanwhile, the number of people needing intensive care has fallen to 1,500, 48 of whom are on a ventilator, he said.
The number of new infections still varies rather widely, showing the presence of the virus in the populace, Gulyas said, adding that elderly people and patients with pre-existing conditions are the most vulnerable groups.
According to portfolio.hu, the minister highlighted that there would be no more restrictions in the coming months.