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Hungary will close its borders to non-residents.

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From Tuesday, Hungary will close its borders to non-residents in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This move comes as more European countries implement stricter measures to control the spread of the virus. The border closure will be for 1 month.

This was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Cabinet Chief Gergely Gulyas during a press briefing. ‘From September 1, foreign citizens will no longer be allowed to enter the territory of Hungary.’

‘There is a risk of introducing the virus and most of the new infections are of foreign origin,’ he added. Mr Gulyas also said that ‘Hungary is green, all other countries are now turning red.’ He used the traffic light system’s colours to explain the coronavirus situation in Europe.

He also said that Hungarian citizens returning from abroad must quarantine for 14 days or else they must present two negative tests. They must pay for both tests.

Today, Hungary registered 158 new infections putting the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 5,669. No deaths were reported today. The number of deaths due to the coronavirus is 158.

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