Government suspends curfew for one night on December 24

Orbán: State of medical preparedness likely to remain throughout 2021

With the current situation in view, the coronavirus related state of medical preparedness is expected to be maintained in Hungary throughout the whole year of 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday.

“We will not be over the crisis” before the end of 2021, Orbán said after presenting documents of appointment to leaders of the newly established National Hospital Directorate in his office.

“There may be easier periods after the first round of inoculations, then following the mass vaccinations later on, but it will likely take at least another twelve months to get everything back to normal,” he said.

Orbán appointed Zoltan Jenei, the former chancellor of Pecs University, as director general of the new body, and he also appointed four deputies.

The prime minister thanked them for undertaking difficult and responsible tasks which he described as the pinnacle of medical and health management work.

The government established the new hospital directorate on November 17 to oversee the management of the state health-care institution system.

The director general of the new body is appointed by the prime minister.

Curfew suspended for Christmas Eve

The government has decided to suspend the night curfew introduced as a result of coronavirus for one night on December 24, Robert Kiss, the deputy head of the operative board coordinating response to the epidemic, said on Monday.

The curfew regulation was introduced in early November to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It was later extended until January 11.

Kiss told an online press conference that children aged under 14 will not count in a ten-person limit in force affecting private and family events.

The government has also decided to ban as of midnight December 22 all passenger flights, including private planes for business travel, arriving from Britain. Freight transport can continue, he added.

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