Hungary successful in completing first phase of defense against COVID-19: FM

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BUDAPEST, June 15 (Xinhua) — Hungary has been successful in completing the first phase of its defense against the novel coronavirus epidemic, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said here on Monday.

“Hungary has successfully completed the first health phase of protection against the coronavirus epidemic,” Szijjarto told the Hungarian Parliament, adding that “Hungary took the right steps in time, and while procuring the necessary protective equipment from China, it also built up domestic production capacities.”

The lifting of restrictive measures can only continue responsibly if it goes hand in hand with the development of health capacities in such a way that they are ready for a possible second wave of the pandemic, according to the minister.

Szijjarto noted that the epidemic has endangered not only people’s lives and health, but also their jobs, so it is the duty of the government to create at least as many new jobs as the crisis destroyed.

He concluded by declaring that Hungary would use the current difficult economic situation to its advantage: “While negative news are pouring from the world economy, 806 companies in Hungary will invest 377 billion forints (1.22 billion U.S. dollars) with government support in the coming months,” he said.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary stood at 4,076 on Monday, with 2,485 recoveries and 563 fatalities. (1 U.S. dollar = 308.17 Hungarian forints) Enditem

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