PM Orbán Hopeful Of Special Covid Rules For Christmas Eve

  • 19 Dec 2020 6:10 AM
  • Hungary Matters
PM Orbán Hopeful Of Special Covid Rules For Christmas Eve
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, in an interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, said he would welcome if experts allowed a softening of Hungary’s coronavirus-related restrictions for Christmas Eve.

This, he said, could include rules like not counting children under the age of 14 in the 10-person limit on family gatherings.

“We’ll be having a small Christmas this year,” Orbán said, encouraging people to cancel plans to visit their relatives in the interest of protecting each other’s health.

“Perhaps there’ll be a chance for the usual large family celebrations at Easter,” he added. The prime minister noted that the government will decide on special regulations for Christmas Eve at Monday’s cabinet meeting.

Orbán said that though Hungary’s Covid numbers were not deteriorating, “this isn’t much consolation”.

“I don’t have any liberating good news to share,” he said.

Hungary did a good job preparing for the current wave of the epidemic in the summer, Orbán said, noting that the government had launched a National Consultation public survey on response measures, procured the necessary protective equipment and prepared the health-care sector for the treatment of patients.

“Our biggest opponent now is fatigue among doctors and nurses,” he said.

He added that Hungary would keep border controls and restrictions on entry in place, calling on the public not to plan any ski trips.

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