Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Hungary relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions on people with government-issued immune cards on Saturday, the latest in a series of resumptions following an ambitious vaccination campaign. did.
As of Saturday, anyone with a plastic card can enter the indoor dining room, hotel, theater, cinema, spa, gym, library, museum and other recreational facilities. Business hours will be extended to 11:00 pm and curfew will begin at midnight after November.
“Previously, we protected ourselves by shutting down, which slowed the spread of the virus, but now we are under attack,” Orban said on Friday. I did. “Vaccines are like bulletproof vests. Viruses bounce off.”
Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are eligible for a Hungarian immune card. This card must be presented at the facility prior to entry. If you do not have a card, you may be fined a lot if you are admitted.
Hungary has received 4 million first doses of coronavirus vaccination, reaching about 40% of the population. Of the 27 European Union countries, this is the only one using Chinese and Russian vaccines in addition to Western jabs.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has the second highest vaccination rate in the EU, but due to the catastrophic pandemic surge this spring, Hungary has a COVID-19 mortality rate per million inhabitants worldwide. Is the highest in the world. More than 27,500 people have died in the pandemic.
The whole problem with immune cards or so-called COVID-19 passports is at stake. Critics say they are discriminating against people in poor countries where vaccines are not available. Hungary has also countered the EU’s possible efforts to issue such documents only to those who have obtained a vaccine approved by EU regulators, not the Chinese or Russian vaccine jabs.
A soccer match in Budapest on Saturday is expected to accept fans with immune cards. Competing clubs issued a statement that masks are not needed at the stadium, but urged fans to wear masks anyway.
On Thursday, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Sijart announced that travel between Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro would be permitted without quarantine or testing requirements for immunity cardholders from these countries. He said negotiations for a similar agreement were underway with Greece and Israel.