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Two people in Hungary have been infected with coronavirus, the prime minister has announced.

“We have our first coronavirus case, in fact there are already two patients who have had to be taken to a medical facility due to coronavirus infection,” Viktor Orbán said in a video posted on Facebook after a meeting of the operative board overseeing Hungary’s response to the new virus. The patients, both Iranian students, are at present symptom-free, but have been taken to Budapest’s St. László Hospital, in line with regulations, the prime minister said. “The coronavirus has arrived in Hungary,” Orbán said, adding that Hungary had now entered the phase of defending against the outbreak. From now on, the operative board will meet every day at noon before briefing the press on the latest updates concerning the virus, he said. At Wednesday’s meeting, the board concluded that Hungary had enough doctors and nurses along with the necessary tools and the legislative framework needed to defend against the virus, Orbán added.
Meanwhile, Tibor Lakatos, head of the operative board, told a press conference that the board would continue to keep the public updated about the virus.