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Hungarians have come together to fight the novel coronavirus epidemic, bar the left wing, which "has gone missing in action", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió.

Orbán said “discipline and cooperation” had been key to the success of Hungary’s protection efforts. But all the leftist parties were capable of doing was criticising hospitals and the staff coordinating those efforts before taking “shameful leave”, he said. Orbán said granting special emergency powers to the government had been “one of the best decisions” since it allowed for timely action, without “having to fight the leftist opposition”, thereby avoiding mass infections in Hungary.
The prime minister singled out Miklós Kásler, the minister of human resources, for praise, saying he and his team heading health-care staff had acted promptly. Kásler, acting on his “good instinct”, set up his team “when everybody was still in a slumber” and Hungary “gained one or two weeks ahead of everyone else”, Orbán added.
He said the danger had not passed, however, and everyone should remain alert and prepared, adding that the central board coordinating efforts against the epidemic would continue its operations.