Failure to comply with the rules set by the authorities concerning the coronavirus outbreak will constitute a misdemeanour and be punishable with a fine of up to 500,000 forints (EUR 1,500), the head of the emergency centre set up by the operative board coordinating the epidemic response said. Legislation on the emergency measures aimed at combatting the outbreak is already being drafted, Tibor Lakatos told a press conference, adding that the rules would be enforced by the police.
The government has also instructed the human resources ministry to keep a record of Hungary’s full-time medical students so that if necessary, they could be called on to help manage the health crisis, he said. It will also authorise the police force to manage health data necessary for carrying out its duties, Lakatos added. Concerning police monitoring of residents’ compliance with home quarantine regulations, he said so far 40 people had been caught breaking the rules.
As regards Monday’s Denial-of-Service attack against the government information website for disseminating information on the coronavirus outbreak, Lakatos said the source of and intent behind the attack was under investigation.
Asked why Hungary’s mobile container hospital was being built in Kiskunhalas, he said the southern Hungarian town was “relatively close” to the capital, where most of the infections have been identified, adding that it was also the area where the right infrastructure conditions for such a facility were in place.