The restrictions announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán are necessary and deserve support but they come late, opposition LMP group leader László Lóránt Keresztes said. He told an online press conference that additional restrictions beyond those announced by Orbán were needed to protect people’s health and keep the economy functional. He demanded free-of-charge virus screening for all Hungarian citizens and more effective contact tracing, as well as making health services free to all, regardless of whether they have social insurance.
He also said support was needed to create conditions for home office and people who lose their jobs must be granted immediate support. A one-off 500,000 forint (EUR 1,350) wage supplement should also be paid to social workers and teachers should be eligible, he added. He said LMP would support all measures that help the fight against the pandemic but called on the government to stop its “hate campaign” against opposition politicians. He also called on the cabinet to handle professional organisations, interest representation bodies and local municipalities as partners.