No one in Hungary is carrying coronavirus, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday, citing current data. All means of protection are in place, he said. The cabinet was briefed by the chief medical officer on Wednesday and it has authorised her to coordinate prevention tasks, Gergely Gulyás told a regular government press briefing. A protocol on controlling the virus has been put in place, he said. Accordingly, a bus carrying Chinese citizens from Prague to Hungary was stopped at the border and the temperature of the passengers taken. Airports and other “sensitive” entry points to Hungary are being equipped appropriately, he added.
Gulyás confirmed that seven Hungarians staying in China indicated a desire to return home ahead of schedule. All Hungarians in the region are in good health, he added. The seven Hungarians will most probably leave China on board a French plane, though Hungary is prepared to transport them home in a military aircraft should the French option fail to materialise, he said. Hungary’s Embassy in Beijing is in constant contact with the Chinese foreign ministry and the local offices in charge of foreign affairs. The foreign minister has been instructed to survey what effects the epidemic may have on economic relations and tourism, he added.