Coronavirus: Hungarian Police Detected More Than 10,000 Breaches Of Law

  • 14 Apr 2020 9:39 AM
Coronavirus: Hungarian Police Detected More Than 10,000 Breaches Of Law
The police have detected more than 10,000 breaches of law in connection with the restrictions on movement, a staff member of the duty centre of the Operational Group responsible for the Containment of the coronavirus epidemic said at an online press conference held on Saturday.

Róbert Kiss said they have cautioned 6,451 persons, imposed 2,062 onsite fines, and have prosecuted 2,082 persons.

In Budapest on Friday, the police detected 941 infringements; in 663 instances the violators were cautioned (this is so far the highest number in one day), 183 onsite fines were imposed, and 95 persons were prosecuted.

He also reported that on Friday a coronavirus patient left the Uzsoki Hospital without permission, and returned later; the 14th district police constabulary instituted criminal proceedings against the person.

He added that so far 17,490 compulsory home quarantine orders had been issued, in connection with which the police had checked compliance 163,413 times. During these checks, they prosecuted 605 persons, cautioned 84 persons, and imposed 503 onsite fines.

As part of checking compliance with the restrictions on the opening hours of retail stores, the police prosecuted 71 persons, cautioned 53 persons and imposed 39 onsite fines.

He said at the Hungarian-Romanian border cross-border commuting is allowed within an area of 30 kilometres, for the purposes of which from Friday commuters are able to  use the border crossing points at Kiszombor, Nagylak, Gyula, Méhkerék, Ártánd, Létavértes, Vállaj and Csengersima.

Mr Kiss highlighted that on Friday and Saturday another five planes had arrived in Budapest – four from China and one from South Korea – delivering protective supplies. They have brought 5.1 million face masks, 20,000 tests and 5,000 pairs of gloves.

In answer to a question, Mr Kiss said in settlements where requested by mayors the police are helping with the enforcement of local regulations relating to the closing down of public premises and public areas.

In connection with a question relating to the protocol of shopping centres, he said on private premises it is the operators’ responsibility to enforce compliance with the regulations. He stressed, at the same time, that the police are asking everyone to observe the restrictions.

Spokesperson for the National Police Constabulary Kristóf Gál said the Operational Group will next hold a press conference on Tuesday. The duty centre will be working also during the holidays, and the latest data and information will be available at the website.

MTI Photo: Zoltán Balogh


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