Although the rate of coronavirus infections in Hungary is relatively high, there is a small village in Nógrád County with only one to two positive cases, and another small village in Tolna County that seems to be completely resistant to the virus.
Nool visited one of the most beautiful villages in the Cserhát region, which seems to be largely unscathed by the pandemic. Garáb is a village in Nógrád County that counts only fifty souls. The smallest village in the county has been spared the coronavirus so far. People in the village strictly follow the current measures: they keep the distance, wear masks, and abstain from large gatherings.
“The coronavirus has no direct effect on the village, so no special measures had to be introduced locally. Perhaps the fact that we live somewhat in isolation has assisted that, and it also makes it easier to comply with government regulations. If it is not necessary, no one leaves their home, as everyone has ample space. Of course, it helps that people can still go out to their own garden; it makes it easier to cope with the curfew,” said Zoltán Kábács, the mayor of Garáb.
He also added that there were only one or two positive COVID-19 cases in the village, but none of the residents had to be taken to hospital. The village is also famous among tourists as it is home to the world’s largest singing bowl and the Mahayana Buddhist Church; however, the village is calm and quiet at the moment. Nool tried to ask the locals, but they did not go out into the streets very much. Finally, the reporters met a few residents in front of the village hall who said that
“we are lucky, and we have barely noticed the pandemic, but we hope that everything will return to normal soon.”
The mayor informed the reporter that locals do their shopping mostly in nearby villages, but there are also mobile shops if they need fresh baked goods, dairy products, or other groceries. Additionally, the post office also goes to the houses, which all help to prevent the virus from spreading in the village.
24 reports that there is one other in Hungary that seems to be entirely untouched by the coronavirus which repelled the entire world into chaos.
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The coronavirus has avoided the tiny Transdanubian village called Kalaznó, which has a population of 150 people, and no one has been ill so far. Kalaznó is a small ‘zsákfalu’, meaning that it can only be reached from one single way. It is located in the Tolna-Hegyhát area, and due to its natural environment and architectural heritage, it is one of the comeliest places in Tolna County. ‘Island of Peace’ would be a fitting way to refer to this small village which stretches into the Lengyel-hőgyészi forests in the valley of the Donát stream.
Thanks to its location, the village is hidden from the noise and clutter of cities and is the perfect refuge for anyone who wants to relax. There is one peculiarity to this small village: all 150 residents of Kalaznó have avoided the pandemic that struck the world about a year ago.
Mónika Frei-Kovács, the mayor of Kalaznó, told Teol that “locals wear masks and gloves on the streets and keep the appropriate distance from each other. Weekend house owners also happily come to Kalaznó. […] no illness has happened in the village so far.”
Source: 24.hu, Nool.hu, Teol.hu