The government had so far spent 590 billion forints (EUR 1.7m) on epidemic-related measures, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás, said adding that the spending was “necessary and justified”.
Hungary’s health-care system is on stand-by to handle any future mass infections, he said, adding that the epidemic has been successfully contained, so this contingency was unlikely to be acted on. All equipment purchased so far will be available if a second wave arrives, he added. Gulyás said protective measures such as wearing masks and keeping social distancing of 1.5 metres should still be observed.
Meanwhile, he expressed hope that Hungarians returning home from Croatia would soon be able to skip having to self-isolate, saying that Croatia had taken a “serious risk” by reopening its borders with Italy. He noted that Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia had all yet to lift travel restrictions to and from Croatia.