Govʼt to declare state of emergency, introduce night curfew
photocosmos1 / Shutterstock.com
Hungaryʼs government will introduce a state of emergency from midnight on Tuesday to allow quick and timely action to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and impose a range of measures including a night curfew, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
Viktor Orbán (Photo: photocosmos1 / Shutterstock.com)
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Orbán said entertainment venues would be closed, and a curfew imposed between midnight and 5 a.m. in the morning.
Public transport service will be expanded during peak travel periods to prevent overcrowding, and parking fees in public areas will be waived, he said.
Orbán noted the government would ask lawmakers to extend the state of emergency for another 90 days.
"Political debates must be put aside. Quick action and timely measures are necessary," he said.
He said it was "absurd" that it took two weeks for Parliament to pass legislation on sanctions for violations of mask-wearing rules.
"If the virus is spreading quickly, we too must be quick," he said.
Orbán said that the infection rate in Austria is one-and-a-half times that in Hungary, but the same levels generally appear in Hungary with a five- to seven-day delay.
If the trend continues, Hungaryʼs hospitals will reach capacity by mid-December, he added.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.