Hungarian Health-Care System Capable Of Bearing Burden Of Epidemic

  • 31 Oct 2020 7:28 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungarian Health-Care System Capable Of Bearing Burden Of Epidemic
Hungary’s health-care system is capable of bearing the burden of the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió.

“We have enough hospital beds, medicine, ventilators, doctors and nurses even if they have to be transferred,” he said. Hungary has the third largest reserve of hospital beds in Europe after Germany and Austria and the largest reserve of ventilators, he said.

Orbán warned that Hungary’s coronavirus curve was rising, adding that the daily new case and fatality trends were set to remain adverse. He added, at the same time, that public discipline regarding the restrictions was satisfactory in comparison with other countries. “But the situation is going to get more serious; we need more,” he said.

Concerning Thursday’s extraordinary video conference of the European Council, Orbán said the situation regarding Covid-19 was “far worse” in many western European countries than in Hungary. In the video conference, EU leaders discussed the need for coordination in the handling of the pandemic through information sharing and the establishment of uniform border regulations, Orbán said.

“The latter isn’t really working so far because some countries are more lenient while Hungary is stricter,” he said, adding that Hungary was also hesitant to accept Covid tests carried out in other countries.

As regards the question of implementing tougher restrictions, the prime minister said some countries had implemented “extremely tight” restrictions but were not seeing any improvement in their case numbers.

“So we should just establish some rules and follow them,” he said. “To me, the key is in complying with the existing rules rather than establishing new ones.”

MTI Photo: ZPéter Komka

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