Gergely Gulyás, the chief of the Prime Minister’s staff, and Alexandra Szentkirályi, the government’s spokeswoman, regularly hold press conferences every second week. During them, they share the latest and most important decisions of the Orbán-administration and answer the press’s questions. Last week, they announced that the government decided to cap fuel prices at HUF 480 (EUR 1.6) per litre. Even though two weeks have not passed, they will hold another press conference today, so the media expect that there will be important announcements concerning the worsening situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Rising COVID numbers
Two weeks ago, the government reintroduced obligatory mask-wearing on public transport and entrusted employers with the right to prescribe mandatory vaccination for their employees. However, the number of new infections and patients needing hospital care or even respiratory assistance continued to rise in the last two weeks. Today, the number of newly infected patients was above 10 thousand again, and there are still more than 600 people on ventilators.
Not surprisingly, yesterday, Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler
banned every gathering, conference, and meeting for healthcare professionals in Hungary.
The Hungarian Medical Chamber demands restrictions
The Hungarian Medical Chamber would like to introduce similar rules everywhere in the country, index.hu reported. Based on their list of demands yesterday, they would reintroduce obligatory mask-wearing in closed spaces. That would include, for example, all malls, shops, cinemas, and theatres. Furthermore,
they would not allow mass events.
According to their demands, only people inoculated with at least two jabs or with a recently done negative PCR test could enter bars and restaurants. They would like the government to support the shift to home office and raise the salary of healthcare employees.
Today’s press conference is planned to start at 3 pm. Of course, we will keep you updated if the government announces further restrictions.
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