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5th March, 2020

First coronavirus cases in Hungary diagnosed

Two persons in Hungary are infected by the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced in a video recording Wednesday evening.

Speaking at the headquarters of the emergency task force formed to deal with the virus, he said both patients are Iranians studying in Hungary.

Neither are showing symptoms, but the fact of infection was established, Orbán said.

The two Iranian students are being treated at Budapest’s Szent László hospital, where all necessary personnel and protective instruments are available, he added.

Authorities will hold press conferences on the virus outbreak every day at 2 p.m.

Dr. János Szlávik, head of the infectious diseases unit at South Pest Central Hospital, told reporters that both patients had recently been in Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus.

Authorities are looking into where they have been in Hungary and who they have been in contact with.

The wife of one of the students and the girlfriend of the other have been isolated in a hospital.

Szlávik stressed that the two students have mild symptoms, and do not have a high temperature but because of the infection they are quarantined.

It is not known how they contracted the infection but they will remain in hospital until they fully recover.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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