Budapest council launches investigation into high number of Covid-19 cases in elderly home

The municipality of Budapest has ordered an investigation into a "high ratio" of coronavirus infections in a seniors' home in the city's northern district 4, the municipality said on Monday.

The head of the home has been suspended from their post, it said.

The municipality and the local public health authority have devised a plan of action to contain the spread of the virus, including more frequent coronavirus screening of the staff, hospitalisation of residents testing positive and isolation of residents free of the infection, the municipality said in a statement.

DK calls on govt to share coronavirus figures with municipalities

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has proposed that the central government’s regional offices should be obliged to share figures related to the novel coronavirus epidemic with local governments.

DK lawmaker Zoltan Varga told an online press conference on Monday that several of his party’s mayors had requested data concerning the spread of the virus in their localities but they were denied the information.

Varga said that local leaders could not take appropriate action unless they have access to the relevant data.

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