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Hungary implements border inspections, isolation to prevent virus transmission



BUDAPEST (Reuters)-The Chief of Staff of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday that since next Wednesday, Hungary has imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel to prevent coronaviruses from proliferating in new cases in many countries Spread.

File photo: The Hungarian police wearing protective masks used a dedicated passage in Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on March 17, 2020, to check the driver’s ID for crossing the Hungarian-Austrian border. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Hungary lifted most of the blockade restrictions in May and opened the border to travelers from EU countries and neighbouring non-EU member states.

On Sunday, Gergely Gulyas said in an online press conference that new restrictions are needed to keep the coronavirus “outside the border” to avoid reintroducing domestic blockade measures.

“These restrictions help protect our freedom,” Gulias said.

According to the new regulations, Hungarian nationals classified as “yellow” and “red” from high-risk countries must undergo a health check at the border, and they must be quarantined for 14 days even if they are not infected. Gulyas said this can only be avoided by two negative COVID-19 tests in the first 5 days.

The same is true for foreigners from “yellow” countries, but foreigners from “red” countries will be barred from entering.

Balkan countries, such as Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and neighboring Ukraine, belong to other countries.

Serbia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom are listed as “yellow” countries, while travel in Croatia (Hungarians’ favorite resort) is temporarily free. The list will be reviewed regularly.

Transit and freight travel and business travel are not restricted, but health checks are possible.

The population of Hungary is about 10 million. As of Sunday, a total of 4,234 COVID-19 cases and 595 related deaths have been recorded. It reported five new infections on Sunday.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by David Evans and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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