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27th March, 2020
Spar reduces opening hours
Supermarket chain Spar announced changes in opening hours of its stores and in its online delivery services.
27th March, 2020
Gulyás: crisis may peak in summer
The emergency task force estimates that the Covid-19 epidemic will peak in Hungary in June or July, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás said at his Thursday online press conference.
27th March, 2020
Military tent at children’s hospital
A military tent was erected at Budapest’s Heim Pál Hospital yesterday for the pre-screening of children who arrive at the hospital to check for symptoms of the coronavirus.
26th March, 2020
British diplomat dies of coronavirus
Stephen Dick, deputy head of mission at the British embassy, is the tenth person in Hungary to die from the coronavirus, the embassy confirmed to Index.
26th March, 2020
BÁV sold out of gold
As demand for gold bars has skyrocketed since the state of emergency was declared on March 11, BÁV has sold all of its stock, the pawnshop chain announced yesterday.
26th March, 2020
Mayors may not impose curfews
Only the cabinet has the power to impose curfews or restrictions on leaving homes, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.
25th March, 2020
LOT will bring Hungarians home
Polish airline LOT will help bring Hungarians stranded abroad home under an agreement reached by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, Szijjártó announced on Tuesday.
25th March, 2020
Wizz Air closes Debrecen base
Wizz Air is suspending the operation of its base in Debrecen between March 24 and May 1, a move that means the cancellation of all of its flights in the city, the low-cost airline announced on Tuesday.
25th March, 2020
Hungexpo pavilion now a health unit
One of the pavilions of the Hungexpo exhibition centre will become a healthcare service centre, Index reports.
24th March, 2020
Medical shipment arrives from China
Health protective equipment ordered by the government arrived in Budapest from China early Monday morning, the Innovation and Technology Ministry said in a statement.
24th March, 2020
Wizz Air down to 15% capacity
Wizz Air is operating at only 15% capacity this week and the entire fleet may have to be grounded as restrictions make flying impossible, the budget airline told Reuters on Monday.
24th March, 2020
Aldi cuts back opening hours
Aldi is reducing its opening hours, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the subsidiary of the German retail chain announced.
23rd March, 2020
Number of Covid-19 deaths reaches six
The number of dead from the coronavirus infection rose from one on Friday to six on the weekend, it was announced on Sunday.
23rd March, 2020
Decree makes home delivery easier
The government has approved a decree to facilitate home delivery services, which will be excluded from registration, Napi reports.
20th March, 2020
Thousands fleeing to Balaton
An increasing number of people are travelling to Lake Balaton because of the spread of the coronavirus, HVG reports.
20th March, 2020
Ministers strive to help freight traffic
Continued efforts are being made to secure freight transport, which is necessary to ensure supply and the functioning of the economy, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjártó said after consulting his Czech, Slovak and Austrian counterparts on Thursday.
19th March, 2020
Ukrainians permitted overnight transit
Hungary allowed Ukrainians wishing to return home to drive across Hungary from Hegyeshalom on the Austrian border to their home country between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday.
19th March, 2020
Hotels likely to close this week
Hotels in Budapest will probably close this week, due to measures introduced in response to the coronavirus crisis, and because room occupancy is tending towards zero, Hotel and Restaurant Association president Tamás Flesh told Portfolio.
19th March, 2020
Plane sent for Hungarians stranded in Morocco
The government has sent a special plane to Morocco to bring home 146 Hungarians who were stranded there due to cancelled flights, Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Facebook on Wednesday morning.
18th March, 2020
Budapest Airport operating one terminal only
All passengers are transiting through Terminal 2B at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport, as Terminal 2A has been temporarily closed, operator Budapest Airport announced on Tuesday.
18th March, 2020
Surgical mask fraudster arrested
A 35-year-old Honduran resident of Hungary has been arrested for taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to defraud a US company of nearly $100,000, by promising to provide non-existent surgical masks.
18th March, 2020
City closes playgrounds
The Budapest crisis group has decided to close all playgrounds because toys are believed to spread the coronavirus, mayor Gergely Karácsony announced.
17th March, 2020
New restrictions on borders, shops, restaurants
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday announced the closure of Hungary’s borders to all non-Hungarians as part of a series of increasingly drastic measures to contain the coronavirus.
17th March, 2020
Kásler appeals for medical volunteers
“I am respectfully asking you to help against Covid-19 and apply as a volunteer both in emergency and basic care,” Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler wrote in a public letter to all medical professionals.
17th March, 2020
Public transport less frequent
Budapest public transport will operate on a holiday schedule from March 19, it was announced yesterday.
17th March, 2020
Public transport less frequent
Budapest public transport will operate on a holiday schedule from March 19, it was announced yesterday.
16th March, 2020
Schools closed from today
All schools are closed from Monday, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Friday evening reversing the earlier government position.
16th March, 2020
Wizz Air foresees €40mn in losses
Wizz Air expects to suffer €40 million in losses in March, as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus, according to CEO József Váradi.
16th March, 2020
Auchan suspends home delivery
Due to the increased amount of orders and limited capacity, Auchan cannot take more orders for home delivery in March, the hypermarket chain announced on Sunday.
13th March, 2020
Tourism hit hard by cancellations
The situation in tourism is dramatic, head of the state tourism agency MTÜ Zoltán Guller told journalists on Thursday, adding that the government expects the virus peaking in June.
13th March, 2020
City closes some cinemas and museums
All city-run libraries and museums are to be closed, Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony said yesterday as he announced municipal measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
13th March, 2020
Hospital thief gets seven years
Tatabánya Court on Thursday handed down a seven-year penitentiary term to a repeat offender on several counts of theft, including from hospital patients. The court also ordered confiscation of Ft 94,880.
12th March, 2020
Cabinet decrees state of emergency
The cabinet has placed a ban on travel from four countries hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak and has forbidden large gatherings, as part of a series of measures to prevent a pandemic, PMO leader Gergely Gulyás announced yesterday.
12th March, 2020
Book, theatre, tennis events postponed
The 27th Budapest International Book Festival and the Seventh Madách International Theatre Meeting have been postponed to a later date after the cabinet banned indoor events attended by more than 100 people and outdoor events visited by more than 500 people.
11th March, 2020
Hungarians urged to leave Italy
The Hungarian embassy in Rome is asking Hungarians staying in Italy to leave the country at the earliest possible date, if they can.
11th March, 2020
Wizz Air suspends all flights to Israel and Italy
Wizz Air is suspending its flights to Israel during March 12-23, because of the newly imposed 14-day quarantine required by Israeli authorities on all incoming flight passengers.
11th March, 2020
Roma university students on the rise
The number of Roma students aged 15 to 24 in higher education has doubled in a matter of a few years, Magyar Nemzet reports, citing PMO state secretary Balázs Orbán.
10th March, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak cancels more flights
Liszt Ferenc International Airport will not accept flights from the northern Italian cities of Milan, Bergamo and Treviso affected by the coronavirus after Italian authorities imposed a quarantine in the region, airport operator Budapest Airport announced on Sunday night.
10th March, 2020
Vác explosion caused by heated grenade
A gas explosion in a ten-storey residential building in Vác on Saturday was caused by two men heating a World War II grenade, at a gas stove, police revealed yesterday.
9th March, 2020
Authorities ban visits to hospitals
Seven people are known to be infected with the coronavirus in Hungary, emergency task force office leader Tibor Lakatos told a Budapest press conference on Sunday.
9th March, 2020
Cabinet cancels March 15 celebration
The cabinet has accepted a recommendation by the emergency staff and decided to cancel the March 15 commemorations in the garden of the National Museum.
6th March, 2020
Vodafone introduces paternity leave
Vodafone will provide 16 weeks paid leave for partners of mothers starting their maternity leave, the telecoms company announced on Thursday as International Women’s Day approaches.
6th March, 2020
LOT suspends flights to Seoul
LOT has suspended its flights between Budapest and Seoul until April 8, the Polish airline announced on Wednesday.
6th March, 2020
District calls for coronavirus info in English
The Seventh District council is asking the cabinet to provide important information in English on the official website koronavirus.gov.hu and to launch a 24-hour English language call service, Democratic Coalition MP Lajos Oláh told reporters after the council met on Thursday.
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.
5th March, 2020
Crackdown on party zone promised
The new leadership of Budapest’s Seventh District is preparing a crackdown on the party zone – the cluster of restaurants, clubs and bars popular with tourists and young Hungarians but not local residents.
5th March, 2020
MÁV-Start to renew catering options
State-owned passenger railway company MÁV-Start will relaunch its catering service Utasellátó, deputy CEO and sales director László Kormányos announced yesterday.
4th March, 2020
EU court rules against fine on Google
Hungary acted within EU rules in forcing Google to register to pay taxes in Hungary as an advertising service provider, but its aggressive fining policy is disproportionate and unjustified, the EU Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.
4th March, 2020
Tesco limits deliveries due to virus
Tesco has imposed lower ceilings on home orders on specific products, especially on non-perishable food items, than before the coronavirus panic developed, readers reported to Index on Tuesday.
4th March, 2020
Ft 26mn stolen from safe in Budapest hotel
A hotel maid is suspected in the disappearance of Ft 25.6 million from a Budapest hotel room rented by Kuwaiti watch and jewellery dealer Ahmad Farah, Blikk reports.
2nd March, 2020
Stocks get hammered as pandemic fears grow
Hungary’s benchmark BUX stock exchange index plummeted 5.7% to 40,230 on Friday, as global stock markets fell due to fears of the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak.
2nd March, 2020
Wizz Air reduces flights to Israel
Wizz Air will reduce its flights between Tel Aviv and Debrecen from March 11 and April 2, due to falling demand as a result of the coronavirus infection, the airline said in a statement. Wizz Air will operate two flights a week.
2nd March, 2020
Fashion Week postponed
The Central European Fashion Week, to be held in Budapest on March 12-14, has been postponed to the end of April due to the spread of the coronavirus, organiser the Magyar Divat & Design agency announced on Friday.
28th February, 2020
Retailers: no need for panic food buys
There is no need for consumers to stockpile food due to fears of a coronavirus epidemic, as there will be no shortage of food in shops, the retail association OKSZ announced on Thursday.
28th February, 2020
Wizz Air cancels some Italy flights due to virus
Due to the drop in demand as the coronavirus spreads in Italy, Wizz Air has reduced the number of its Italian flights for the period of March 11 to April 2, the airline announced on Thursday.
28th February, 2020
Travel exhibition opens despite virus fears
The Travel 2020 exhibition opened in the Hungexpo exhibition complex in the Tenth District in Budapest on Thursday.
27th February, 2020
DK calls for border controls due to coronavirus
The Democratic Coalition wants to know why the government has not introduced epidemiological checks for the coronavirus infection on the land borders, for example for traffic passing through Hungary from northern Italy.
27th February, 2020
Quarantine panic rumoured in shops
Not only have inhabitants of quarantined Western European cities begun emptying the supermarkets, but a Budapest shopper has also found empty shelves.
27th February, 2020
BorsodChem cancels event due to virus
BorsodChem has cancelled its February 28 project closing and new technology unit opening ceremony due to the aggressive spread of the coronavirus in northern Italy, the chemical factory announced on Wednesday.
26th February, 2020
Taxi drivers angered by Niedermüller’s accusations
Taxi drivers have expressed outrage at Seventh District mayor Péter Niedermüller’s suggestion that they deliver illegal drugs, declaring “We are not drug dealers”.
26th February, 2020
Sopron team cancels Italy match over virus fears
The Sopron women’s basketball team has refused to play a Euroliga game against Italian club Schio at a neutral site in Ljubljana, due to fears of the coronavirus.
25th February, 2020
Metro stations closed for revamp
The Arany János utca and Ferenciek tere subway stations will be closed temporarily from March 9, due to renovations on the M3 metro line, the Budapest Transport Centre announced on Monday.
25th February, 2020
Fewer food and beverage vending machines
The number of food vending machines fell to around 20,000 from 35,000 in the last 18 months, due to rising fees, Magyar Hírlap reports.
24th February, 2020
GreenGo enters Prague market
Hungarian car-sharing company GreenGo has started operations in Prague with 100 all-electric VW e-up! cars, it was announced on Friday.
24th February, 2020
42% of Hungarians mistrust the election system
Hungarians are unusually distrustful of domestic elections, G7 reports, citing an international survey, which found that 42% of Hungarians do not trust the country’s election results.
21st February, 2020
Giro d’Italia to cross Chain Bridge
Participants in the 2020 edition of the Giro d’Italia cycling race will cycle across the Chain Bridge on the tournament’s opening day, under a new route change.
21st February, 2020
Hungarian pavilion on schedule for Dubai Expo
The topping-out ceremony for the Hungarian pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai was held on Thursday.
20th February, 2020
Tesco ups wages in two phases
Tesco is raising its employees’ salaries in two phases this year, as part of an agreement signed with the retail employees’ unions KASZ and Kdfsz, the retail chain and the unions announced jointly on Wednesday.
20th February, 2020
State buys electric cars for hospitals
The state health care supplier centre ÁEEK has purchased 249 electric cars for hospitals for Ft 3 billion, head of the institution Miklós Gondos announced on Wednesday.
20th February, 2020
Ft 2bn to operate Puskás Aréna
Operating the new Puskás Aréna, the former Népstadion, will cost Ft 1.9 billion this year, website 444 has spotted in Magyar Közlöny.
19th February, 2020
Plane stranded for six hours
Passengers on a Ryanair plane were stranded on board the aircraft for six hours at Liszt Ferenc International airport before it eventually took off on Tuesday.
19th February, 2020
Open banking arrives in Hungary
Open banking – in which fintech companies have access to bank account information – started in Hungary on Tuesday with the launch of the services of Számlázz, a company which allows clients to manage their accounts at different banks with one app.
18th February, 2020
Sixth District property trial revived
Prosecutors have pressed charges against 14 former local councillors and two former notaries over property deals in the Sixth District in 2003-05.
18th February, 2020
Parragh supports lower turnover tax
Reducing the local business tax could save companies Ft 80-100 billion and attract more multinational companies to Hungary, Chamber of Commerce and Industry president László Parragh told Magyar Nemzet.
17th February, 2020
YouTube deletes PestiSrácok channel
YouTube has deleted pro-government website PestiSrácok’s channel after finding that it had been used to upload child pornography.
17th February, 2020
Hungarians from Wuhan leave quarantine
The seven Hungarians who were quarantined 14 days ago after they returned home from Wuhan in China via France have been allowed to return to their homes.
14th February, 2020
Socialists call on gov’t, MNB to explain weak HUF
The Socialist Party is calling on the government and the central bank to explain why the forint has dropped to a historic low against the euro and what rate of exchange can be expected in the future, MP László Szakács said at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
14th February, 2020
British ambassador to leave post in September
The British Foreign Office announced in a press statement Thursday that current ambassador Iain Lindsay will be replaced by Paul Fox in September.
14th February, 2020
Lookout tower burns down
A lookout tower on Fülöp hill in Révfülöp, Veszprém county, collapsed after catching fire early Thursday.
13th February, 2020
Instant bank transfers start on March 2
Instant bank transfers will go into effect on March 2, MNB director Lajos Bartha announced on Wednesday.
13th February, 2020
Exhibition opens in metro carriages
A photo exhibition will be on display on metro lines M2, M3 and M4 in Budapest until April 11.
13th February, 2020
Swimming complex drops discrimination appeal
The MOM Sports Swimming Complex has dropped an appeal after earlier discriminating against an LGBTQ sports club.
12th February, 2020
80,000 Hungarians register to remain in UK
Around 80,000 Hungarian citizens have registered to remain in the United Kingdom following the end of the post-Brexit transition period ending December 31 this year, British ambassador Iain Lindsay told Inforádió on Tuesday.
12th February, 2020
Weddings spike to reach 30 year high
The number of weddings in 2019 rose to a level not seen in nearly 30 years according to the latest data of the Central Statistics Office.
11th February, 2020
MNV to sell state properties
National asset manager MNV will sell high-value state properties on online auctions beginning February 11, it announced on Monday.
11th February, 2020
Fulbright scholarship expands
The amount of US Fulbright scholarship funds available for Hungarians will be doubled from Ft 200 million to Ft 400 million by 2022, state secretary Zsigmond Perényi of the Innovation and Technology Ministry announced on Monday.
11th February, 2020
Disaster Management warns of high winds
The Directorate General for Disaster Management (OKF) has issued a high wind warning, deputy spokesman of OKF Imre Dóka told Inforádió Monday morning.
10th February, 2020
Wizz Air to cancel Budapest-Frankfurt flights
Budget airline Wizz Air will discontinue its Budapest-Frankfurt service effective April 30, the company confirmed to state news agency MTI on Friday.
10th February, 2020
Serbian authorities remove migrants from border
Serbian authorities used 15 to 20 buses to transport migrants away from the temporarily closed Hungarian border station at 2 a.m. early Friday morning.
10th February, 2020
122 die of exposure since September
The number of deaths from exposure shot up to 27 in the past twenty days, most of which occurred in unheated homes, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Saturday. That brings the total number of deaths to 122 since September of last year.
7th February, 2020
New premium office restaurant ready to expand
The owners of Kantin, a premium office restaurant, will open new outlets in Budapest after their first venture outperformed expectations, Portfolio reports.
7th February, 2020
Park activists sentenced to perform public works
The Pest Central District Court has given sentences of 100 hours of public works to each of eight activists who resisted construction work at the City Park, after convicting them of hooliganism committed in a group.
7th February, 2020
El Greco exhibition coming in 2022
The Museum of Fine Arts plans to stage an exhibition of the works of 16th-century painter El Greco in 2022, director László Baán told Inforádió on Thursday.
6th February, 2020
Szentkirályi open to e-mail queries
New government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi has announced that she will take e-mail and surface mail questions from the public in an arrangement dubbed Cabinet Info Plus.
6th February, 2020
Budapest Pride president dies
Szilvia Nagy, president of Budapest Pride, has died of cancer, the organisation announced on its website.
5th February, 2020
ECHR again orders Hungary to feed asylum-seekers
The European Court of Human Rights stopped another case of starvation in Hungary’s transit zone at the Serbian border, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.
5th February, 2020
Minimum wage fourth lowest in EU
Hungary’s minimum wage is the lowest among the Visegrád Four countries and the fourth lowest in the EU, Eurostat reports.
5th February, 2020
Ryanair announces flights to Zadar
Ryanair will fly twice a week between Budapest and Zadar, Croatia from July 1 until the end of September, the airline has announced.
4th February, 2020
Former Smallholder HQ to be a hotel
The four-star Hotel Vision Budapest will open in the spring in the former Smallholders Party headquarters on the Belgrád rakpart in the Fifth District, Portfolio reports.
4th February, 2020
Danube to rise rapidly this week
The level of the Danube in Budapest is expected to rise by five metres this week, as considerable amounts of rain have fallen on the catchment areas of major Hungarian rivers, the National Water Management Authority reports.
3rd February, 2020
Hungarians flown out of China
Seven Hungarians fleeing the coronavirus outbreak in China arrived in Budapest from France on a Hungarian armed forces plane after 8 p.m. Sunday night.
3rd February, 2020
Joint bike-sharing scheme started
Esztergom and its Slovak neighbour Sturovo on the other side of the Danube launched a new bicycle share scheme on Saturday, with the help of Ft 300 million from the US’s Interreg programme.
3rd February, 2020
Old bridge collapses in Piliscsaba
A bridge, built around 1890, collapsed at Piliscsaba on the weekend, the civil guard wrote on its website on Saturday.
31st January, 2020
Sixth District regulates e-scooters
The Sixth District council has decided to make the parking of electric scooters subject to a permit, as of February 1, in order to protect the safety of road users, the interests of the residents and the image of the streets.
31st January, 2020
Tesco re-enters filling station market
Tesco has opened a unit in a Shell petrol station on Haller utca in Budapest’s Ninth District and plans to open three more at filling stations in February, Napi reports.
31st January, 2020
30 fatal accidents at zebra crossings
There was a total of 969 accidents at pedestrian crossings in 2019, of which 39 were fatal, according to police data.
30th January, 2020
Budapest to bid for Rác baths
Budapest is going to file a bid of up to Ft 7.4 billion to buy the assets of bankrupt bath and hotel complex the Rác Fürdő, city council decided on Wednesday.
30th January, 2020
Authorities declare flu epidemic
The number of patients seeking treatment for influenza-like symptoms crossed the epidemic threshold in the fourth week of January, the National Public Health Centre reported.

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