Two Iranian students test positive for coronavirus in Hungary

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Two Iranian students in Hungary have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Facebook announcement by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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The two students appear to be asymptomatic at the moment, according to the Prime Minister.

"The coronavirus infection has now appeared in Hungary. From today on, we have moved to a protective phase," Orbán said. "The Operational Corps will meet every day at noon, and will inform members of the press thereafter."

He noted that the Operational Corps had concluded that all necessary personal, physical and legal conditions necessary for protecting ourselves against the virus were available, including an adequate staff of qualified physicians and nurses, technical equipment such as face masks, and the legal rules necessary for managing the situation, based on which physicians, police officers and public administration experts can do their jobs.

The head of the National Institute of Hematology and Infectology at South Pest Central Hospital János Szlávik confirmed the cases at an extraordinary press conference on state news channel M1. Szlávik added that the two students have both visited Iran recently. He said that both patients are "doing well".

The students are currently undergoing treatment at the South Pest Central Hospital. They will remain isolated until full recovery. Szlávik said that one Iranian student applied for testing voluntarily upon returning from Iran, while the other one was tested after displaying "weak symptoms".

News site Index.hu says that one of the two patients studies at Semmelweis University (SOTE). The website reports that the infected student failed to comply with the universityʼs request to stay at home for two weeks after returning from an infected country, attending classes of SOTEʼs English-language pharmaceutical sciences program along with 15 other students for a week instead. SOTE ordered students who had contact with the coronavirus patient not to attend lectures and seminars.

According to the coronavirus tracker of news agency BNO News, more than 93,400 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed around the globe so far, claiming more than 3,200 lives.

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