Hungary to tighten pandemic restrictions

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Hungary's government has decided to close non-essential businesses between March 8 and 22 to curb rapidly rising coronavirus infection numbers, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open, Gulyás said acording to a report by state news wire MTI.

Wage support and payroll tax relief now available to hotels and catering companies will be extended to all businesses required to close because of the restrictions, he added.

The government also decided to close kindergartens and primary schools until April 7, the end of the Easter break, he said. Details on digital instruction are to be announced, he added.

Without tighter restrictions, Gulyás argued, more people will die and it will take longer to lift restrictions.

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