The foreign ministry state secretary in charge of communications said on Sunday that there were no reports of Hungarians affected by the coronavirus epidemic, which started in China.
“There are no reports of Hungarians abroad or in Hungary affected by the epidemic and no foreigners staying in Hungary who had been affected by the virus in the past,” Tamas Menczer told a press conference.
As far as the ministry knows, a total of six Hungarians are staying in China’s Hubei province, which has been placed under quarantine, Menczer said. All of them told the Hungarian embassy in Beijing that they are healthy. Four of them are working in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, until early February and currently do not want to leave the city.
The fifth Hungarian is living and working in Hangzhou, the capital of another province, and plans to leave Hubei as soon as possible. The sixth Hungarian is living in another city in Hubei province and plans to return to Hungary when possible, Menczer said.
The state secretary added that he had consulted the Hungarian chief medical officer on Saturday and Sunday to learn that Hungary’s health-care system was well-prepared and had the necessary tests to confirm the virus.
If the virus appears in the country, the health-care protocols to follow are in place, he added.
In response to a question Menczer said the Chinese ban on group travels was exclusively introduced for Chinese tourists. The majority of European Union countries have not introduced special measures at airports and only a few countries have set up gates with thermal scanners on airports. For the time being, Hungary does not consider it necessary to take special measures, he added.