Hungary has “stayed unbroken despite all difficulties” amid the coronavirus pandemic, government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi said in a video published on the government’s website on New Year’s Day.
The spokeswoman said that the health services had been able to take care of each patient, and “there is enough vaccine for everyone, and by now a large part of the population have been vaccinated, with the majority having received a booster jab”.
Thanks to the government’s measures, the national economy has continued to grow, and the number of jobholders has grown, she said.
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The central budget was burdened with covid-related expenditures to the tune of “thousands of billions of forints”, yet the economy’s good performance has ensured further pay rises to health-care staff, police, soldiers, teachers, the social and cultural sector as well as a general minimum wage rise, Szentkirályi said.
She also noted further assistance to families, as well as to both young people and the elderly.