Hungary Mulls Special Xmas Covid Rules

  • 2 Dec 2020 7:50 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Mulls Special Xmas Covid Rules
Special coronavirus-related rules may apply during the Christmas period for get-togethers, the prime minister’s chief of staff has said.

Gergely Gulyás told a parliamentary committee hearing that the rules will be decided on Dec. 9 at the latest.

“In my personal opinion there are compelling arguments to be made for the introduction of special rules for the roughly week-long Christmas period,” Gulyás said.

He cited experts as saying that infections are expected to peak between early December and late January.

He added that a third wave may be avoided due to the arrival of a vaccine. Health authorities are carrying out daily coronavirus tests at 18,000 locations, he said, adding that all school staff were being tested.

Meanwhile, Cecília Müller, the chief medical officer, has said the government will soon launch a website to assess public interest in getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

This will help the authorities plan the placement of vaccination points when a vaccine is made available, she said. “We have several different plans depending on what type of vaccine is imported,” Müller said.

Hungary on Monday registered 3,951 new virus cases and 154 fatalities.

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