Gergely Karácsony
Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony – Photo: MTI / Zsolt Szigetváry

Karacsony: Lockdown only solution

The government has passed "the only correct decision" to introduce a lockdown in view of another spike of the coronavirus pandemic, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony said on Thursday.

Followig the government’s announcement that most shops, services, schools and kindergartens would stay closed from next Monday on, Karacsony said that “the measure could not be postponed any longer” in view of the rising numbers of new cases and fatalities.

“We are getting impatient and I would also like to break free, but we cannot do that as yet. I ask everybody to hold on and keep supporting each other,” he said.

It is in everybody’s interest that vaccination of the public should take place even faster and in a more organised way, Karacsony said, and noted that Budapest had offered to set up vaccination points to assist the government with its efforts. “All is in place to provide public spaces to inoculate Budapest residents,” he said.

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