Category: World
World 31.03.20 | 22:40

Here is why France was eventually forced to import face masks

Just over two months ago, before the outbreak of the pandemic, the then French health minister asserted there were plenty of face masks in the country, but today France is facing a huge shortage of them and the government is desperately trying to ease it. Although masks are manufactured in four factories...

World 31.03.20 | 14:05

Hungary helped Lothar Matthaus evacuate from Dubai

Lothar Matthaus, world champion football player and former coach of the Hungarian national team, managed to leave Dubai, following the advice of FM Péter Szijjarto and a friend who helped him return on a private plane, Hungary Today reported. Matthaus, besides receiving many other awards, was also awarded...

World 30.03.20 | 21:34

Germany plans 50 billion EUR in stimulus for small companies

Germany has announced a stimulus package worth 50 billion EUR to help its small businesses, including the hard hit hospitality industry. The money is aimed at individual entrepreneurs and small employers who are decimated by the virus and will be allocated through the German states. Over the next three...

World 30.03.20 | 14:32

Why did ECDC hinder EU’s coronavirus response?

It’s important to raise this question, because some international organisations had rung the alarm bells much sooner. So then, what was the ECDC’s motivation in underestimating the risks of the coronavirus pandemic? Was it simply a lack of competence?, the V4 news agency writes. Member states...

World 30.03.20 | 10:02

Trump extends guidelines to stay home to April 30

US President Donald Trump on Sunday extended nationwide guidelines urging residents to stay home and avoid social gatherings to April 30, as US health officials warned the country’s coronavirus death toll could top 100,000 people. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory...

World 30.03.20 | 09:13

Moscow imposes mandatory lockdown

Moscow authorities have ordered a citywide lock-down, restricting the normal business of most of the capital’s 12.5 million residents, the Independent reported. The move is the most comprehensive attempt to date to stem the proliferation of the coronavirus. It comes just three days after the...

World 27.03.20 | 14:26

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said he had tested positive for infection with the novel coronavirus. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s...

World 27.03.20 | 09:29

Macron told EU leaders ‘survival of European project’ at stake in virus crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron warned his fellow European Union leaders on Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak risked undoing the bloc’s central pillars such as its no-border zone if they failed to show solidarity in this crisis, a diplomat said, Reuters reports. “What’s at stake is the survival...

World 26.03.20 | 20:15

China bans entry of foreigners in move to curb the spread of virus

China said it will suspend the entry of foreign nationals holding valid visas and resident permits in a move to curb the number of imported cases of the coronavirus. The ban becomes effective on Saturday, according to a statement posted late Thursday on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website. The ministry...

World 26.03.20 | 18:27

Number of coronavirus infections is set to hit half a million today, with Italy and the US expected to both surpass China soon

The number of coronavirus infections is set to hit half a million today, with Italy and the US each expected to surpass the number of cases recorded in China within days, Daily Mail reported. According to Beijing’s numbers the deadly virus has abated in China, where it originated in Wuhan, with...

World 25.03.20 | 21:00

British diplomat in Hungary dies from the coronavirus

Steven Dick (37), deputy chief of mission in the British Embassy in Hungary, died after contracting the coronavirus. The diplomat had felt flu like symptoms for days before succumbing to the disease. He was appointed to this post just months ago.

World 25.03.20 | 15:54

“V4” shows timing of anti-coronavirus measures in European countries

The “V4” news agency has prepared a summary on when the various European countries acted to implement their restrictive measures, compared to when the first coronavirus patients had been registered. During the current coronavirus pandemic there are several ongoing debates as to whether European...

World 25.03.20 | 15:17

V4: Budapest shifts to manual control

The Budapest municipal assembly will not be convened for an indefinite period, according to Hungary’s left-wing daily newspaper, Nepszava. The mayor of Budapest has cancelled the assembly’s session scheduled for next week, citing the pandemic emergency, the “V4” news agency reported. Mayor...

World 25.03.20 | 14:16

Genome of coronavirus sequenced in Hungary for first time

The first complete Hungarian coronavirus genome has been successfully sequenced by the Virological Research Group of the Szentágothai Research Center at the University of Pécs and the Bio-informatics Research Group, “Hungary Today” reported. Virologist Ferenc Jakab, leader of the Szentágothai...

World 24.03.20 | 11:59

China delivers three million masks and 86 respirators to Hungary

A Chinese cargo plane delivered three million masks, 100.000 coronavirus testing kits and 86 respirators to Hungary today. Prime Minister Viktor Orban was at the Budapest airport to welcome the cargo, one of the ten such shipments that are expected. Hungary has had 180 confirmed coronavirus patients...

World 21.03.20 | 22:11

Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 793 in a day, lifting total death toll to 4,825

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has leapt by 793 to 4,825, officials said on Saturday, an increase of 19.6% — by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago, Reuters reports. On Thursday, Italy overtook China as the country to register...

World 21.03.20 | 12:16

WHO chief warns world youth is ‘not invincible’ to coronavirus

Young people around the world must face the reality that the novel coronavirus attacks them in large numbers, not only older generations, UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. You are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you, the World Health...

World 20.03.20 | 15:18

Support for Orban’s plan to help Hungarian families and businesses

A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s plan to help Hungarian families and businesses survive the financial problems the coronavirus pandemic is sure to bring. A left-wing pundit calls for more government action to protect jobs, Hungary Today reports. On Wednesday, PM Orbán announced...

World 20.03.20 | 09:06

Army volunteers as German coronavirus toll tops 15,000, with 44 dead

Germany has recorded at least 15,030 cases of infection with the coronavirus, with the death toll reaching 44, according to figures compiled by dpa on Thursday. The data, based on information from the country’s 16 states, showed that the most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia, had more than 4,970...

World 19.03.20 | 20:18

Hungary suspends loan payments for businesses, individuals

Hungary’s government decided on Wednesday to suspend until the end of the year the capital and interest rate payment obligations of both private individuals and businesses under effective loan agreements, Hungary Today reported. Victor Orban’s government also decided to extend the short-term...

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