Hungarians evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, earlier this month were discharged from a Budapest hospital quarantine on Sunday, the head of the National Institute of Hematology and Infectology at South Pest Central Hospital told MTI. The six men and one woman were symptom-free for the entire duration of their quarantine and all of their tests came back negative for the coronavirus, János Szlávik said. He noted that the reason for their 14-day quarantine was that this is the longest-known incubation period for the virus.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said earlier that Japan has decided to extend by two weeks the quarantine of the crew of a cruise ship stranded off the country’s coast because of a coronavirus outbreak. The Hungarian citizens aboard the Diamond Princess are still symptom-free but because they are members of the crew, they, too will have to stay on the ship for another two weeks after the last passenger leaves the vessel next week, Szijjártó said on Facebook. The foreign ministry will remain in contact with them and provide them any assistance they may need, he added.
The last passenger of the Diamond Princess will be let off the ship next week. Health officials began evacuating elderly people from the ship on Thursday so that they could be transported to hospital. The Diamond Princess had 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members on board from 56 countries.
More than 64,000 people have been infected with the COVID-19 virus worldwide so far.