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Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony has welcomed the new restrictive measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in Hungary announced by the prime minister, adding, however, that they should have been introduced sooner. “The measures announced by the prime minister are necessary and warranted,” Karácsony said on Facebook. “But they would have been necessary and warranted earlier, since the government had already lost control of the epidemic weeks ago.” The Budapest Municipal Council will implement the measures, he said, adding that the capital’s operative board in charge of handling the epidemic was scheduled to meet later on Monday.
Karácsony also said that he “cannot ignore that the government’s foolish political attacks only make it harder to defend against the virus”. “One good example of this is that the government has just announced a testing programme that it called the Municipal Council ‘stupid’ for proposing just a day ago,” the mayor added. Karácsony said he was glad the government was implementing the measures proposed by the city council and getting ready to test school and kindergarten teachers and nursery employees. He added that the capital would further expand its coronavirus testing capacities, as it did not consider the government’s to be adequate.