The speed at which Hungary is implementing its vaccination plan is “outstanding” in comparison with the rest of the European Union, according to the prime minister’s chief of staff.
Hungary and Malta are at the forefront of Europe’s vaccination drive, Gergely Gulyás said at a government press briefing on Thursday. Thanks to the shots, the number of new cases has been “radically reduced” and the number of deaths is decreasing, he added.
By Friday, the number of inoculated Hungarians is expected to have reached 4 million, and the government may lift further restrictions, Gulyás said. The night-time curfew will start an hour later, at midnight, and shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm. Eateries can also open their indoor sections and serve customers with vaccination certificates and minors in their company until 11pm. Hotels will open to people with vaccination certificates and their children, he said, adding that leisure venues such as zoos, museums, cinemas, theatres, and libraries, may also be visited with the certificates. Gyms and swimming pools will be available to certificate-holders and athletes. Certificate-holders and children in their company will be allowed to attend sports events, Gulyás said.