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The situation regarding the coronavirus epidemic is severely difficult in some parts of Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday in an interview to public radio. “But our chances are good,” he said.

“We’ll manage the situation and together we’ll succeed once more,” he told Kossuth Radio.

Fully 2,240 intensive-care beds will be needed on Nov. 21 and 4,480 on 10 Dec, according to the latest official assessment, he said.

“That’s pretty much the limit of our capacities,” he said, noting that an estimated 4,480 patients in intensive care units would mean around 32,000 coronavirus patients are hospitalised.

If the infection reaches beyond this threshold, the authorities have designated locations where adequate medical care can be provided, even outside hospitals if needed, he said.

Orbán said that within days or even hours, a decision may be made to reschedule certain low-risk operations and to release more hospital beds. Also, efforts are being made to ensure schools stay open for as long as possible, he said, adding that when students are in school, they are in a controlled environment.

So far, 98 kindergartens have had to be closed, seven schools are under suspension, 23 have introduced online study and 78 schools operate hybrid learning, he said.

Orbán noted that the average age of Covid deceased was 76.1, adding that young people should “think not only of yourselves, but also of your parents and grandparents”. Out of 3,230 localities, only 700 are now free of the epidemic, he said.

The prime minister said the government was constantly assessing whether to tighten restrictions. “But the world has changed a lot since Monday,” he said, adding that the vast majority was complying with mask-wearing rules. If shop and restaurant owners do not follow the rules, they will be closed down, he noted.

Commenting on the US presidential election, the prime minister said that unlike his Democratic predecessors, Donald Trump had not berated Hungary.

He called Trump “a friend of Hungary”, adding that US-Hungary relations had been on top form during his presidency. This is why, Orbán added, that he had “always been for Trump”.

“The outcome will be what it will be; it’s the right of the American people to decide who governs America,” he said, adding that it was up to Hungarians “to decide who governs Hungary and how”.

Referring to the resumption of the “special legal order”, Orbán said lawmakers had debated mask-wearing rules for two weeks before the opposition refused to vote in favour of tightening restrictions. “This doesn’t make sense.”

He said parliament was “sacred”, but quick decisions were called for at times, adding that there could be serious consequences whenever the opposition hindered measures.

Orbán said lawmakers convened on a regular basis. “Of course the liberals of the world will talk about dictatorship again,” he said. “But the government has the right to decide on issues that would normally be decided through legislation.” he said, adding that the government had not sought an extension to the special legal order beyond 90 days, not because the opposition had insisted on a deadline in the spring, but because “we now see the end of the tunnel” in light of reports that vaccines were becoming more reliable. “Ninety days will be enough,” he said.

Commenting on the plan to link EU funding to the rule of law, Orbán said the top priority was to handle the epidemic, and troubled southern countries must receive funds as soon as possible. He said Hungary was less affected since the country already had the resources needed to keep the economy functioning for the next two years.

Referring to financier George Soros, he said journalists and politicians were being “fed from the palm of George Soros’s hand”, adding that four years ago Soros had had called for budget support to be denied to countries that refused to admit migrants.

“Hungary cannot be blackmailed,” he said, adding that the country would have access to “the money it deserves”.

Source: MTI

8 comments
  1. Americans seem to have gotten rid of Trump. Hopefully soon Hungarians will do the same with Orbán.

  2. Trump is – and always has been – a narcissistic fool.

    As such, it was only a matter of time before U.S. voters said to him : “YOU’RE FIRED”.

    Mario might fervently WISH for Hungarian voters to treat Viktor Orban in a similar fashion but that is highly unlikely within this current section cycle.

    On the other hand, perhaps we will all be lucky and soon see the day when Mario is FIRED from the cannon in one of Hungary’s new (German) tanks.

  3. What in the (4) four years of his “infamous” Presidency of The United States of America factorially did Donald. J. Trump do, to better the lives of Hungarians ???
    Trump, history will categorically display, that in his questionable time of Presidency, covered and embroiled in controversy, that he divided and separated America, causing extreme fragmentation of their population structure, and did nothing, absolutely nothing in foreign affairs policy, to build a world closer in togetherness Globally.
    Stay Safe & Well – ALL.

  4. There is a very good reason why important country’s leaders keep their big mouths shut during the elections of other country’s leaders. Whatever their private views, all leaders or government officials from diverse nations, from Russia to China, from Sweden to Saudi Arabia have expressly NOT expressed an opinion. It is a shame that the Hungarian ‘chumocracy’ chooses to break convention by making their views known in something that is patently NOT their business during an election campaign. Let’s see how people here would feel if the US were to make supportive or negative public comments about candidates in the next Hungarian General Election – there would be uproar about ‘foreign’ interference.

  5. #Gary: this is NOT a dating site, but as one old codger to another it would be great to meet you and have a chinwag about the world! People with a sense of humour are in short supply at the moment! Camden Town vs Primrose Hill, the battle lines are drawn – I say Camden has better coffee… but not as good as my favourite place on Andrassy near Opera.

  6. Total Agreement with Thetruthhurts.
    I have commented in the past, this practice of Governments, unabashedly disclosing their opinions on election outcomes and why they support particular parties or individuals – Repulsive.
    It does not send good vibes or messages to citizens and those citizens have long memories and will when the time comes, and they go to there elections, political firmness of opinions and positions with countries, will not be forgotten.

  7. # Gary. There are few places here that take AmEx, let alone an AmEx Centurian Card. Nevermind, my Chauffeur carries cash. I have emailed a photo so you know it’s pawsable.

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