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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced a curfew in Hungary, between March 28 and April 11. People are only allowed to leave their homes to go to work or to run essential errands, he said in an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió.

Grocery shops and pharmacies will be open to people above 65 years of age between 9 and 12 every day, he said. Others will not be allowed in those shops during that period, he said. The restriction is a somewhat stricter version of the curfew introduced in the German state of Bavaria, he said, calling the measure “sensible and proportionate”.
Meanwhile, regarding Hungarian economic protection measures, he said: “Now the people come first, not the economy.” At the same time, the government, he said, is already working on a plan to protect and restart the economy, adding that the action plan will be made public in the first or second week of April. He paid tribute to health-care and law-enforcement staff, and praised people who work in grocery shops, pharmacies and factories. “I thank all Hungarians because if there is a war – and this is a war situation – the hinterland matters just as much as the front line,” he said, adding that the country was in an orderly state. Orbán said the aim was to slow the spread of the virus. To get rid of it altogether would require a vaccine, he added.