Hungary's Orban: "We have defeated the third wave of the pandemic"

Hungary

© APA | Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán

# 21 May 2021 12:49 (UTC +04:00)

Hungary will lift most remaining Covid-19 curbs, including a night-time curfew, as soon as the number of those vaccinated reaches 5 million this weekend, prime minister Viktor Orbán has said, APA repots citing The Guardian.

Orban told state radio masks would no longer need to be worn in public, and gatherings of up to 500 people could be held in the open air, with events in closed spaces open to people with vaccination cards.

“This means we have defeated the third wave of the pandemic,” Orbán said, adding that the time has come to say “goodbye to masks” in public places.

Krisztina Than reports for Reuters that Hungary is the only EU country to have approved and used Russian and Chinese vaccines in large quantities before the European Medicines Agency has examined or approved them.

This has enabled it to reach one of the EU’s highest inoculation rates, with 50% of its population of about 10 million having already had at least one shot.

Most aspects of its service industry are already back in operation, including hotels, restaurants, spas, theatres, cinemas, gyms and sports venues.

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