“Hungary Closest in Europe to Normalcy”

Hungary may be the first European country to return to “normal life” after the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio.

At the same time, the pandemic is not over yet, Orbán warned, and urged Hungarians to observe the regulations “necessary for a safe life.” So far, 4,483,598 people have been inoculated, Orbán said, adding that the country may pass the five-million mark by the end of May, “maybe even around Pentecost”. Restrictions regarding wedding celebrations and other events, as well as the curfew currently imposed between midnight and 5am, will be lifted then, he said.

Immunity certificates will be required to attend “certain events drawing large crowds” until early to mid-August, he added. The total tally of vaccinations may reach 6 million in Hungary, he said, adding that it was the personal responsibility of Hungarians whether they accepted the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Orbán slammed the opposition for its “pathetic failure on the pandemic front”. Protection against a pandemic is a national cause, and “trying to dissuade people from taking the vaccine or sowing mistrust against certain products is more than just a mistake,” he said.


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