The opposition Jobbik party has called on the government to introduce a mandatory, nationwide home quarantine to protect Hungarians from the new coronavirus. Márton Gyöngyösi, the conservative party’s MEP, insisted that Viktor Orbán’s government sees the epidemic as a tool to strengthen and expand its power “which was shaken in last year’s municipal and European parliamentary elections”. Fidesz has used the situation for introducing a special order of rule by decrees and putting private companies under military control, he said. Fortunately, Hungary is among the countries where the virus emerged relatively late, so it has the opportunity to learn from other countries’ examples, Gyöngyösi said. A growing number of states recognise home quarantine as an effective method to fight the spread of the virus, he added.