Hungary: Budapest reopens as COVID-19 restrictions eased

Hungary's government eased some of the social restrictions implemented to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in Budapest on Monday. After only being allowed to leave their homes for essentials like food shopping and work, Budapest residents were seen in the streets of the capital after shops, restaurants, as well as churches and universities, were allowed to reopen from Monday. «There are good and bad... Еще aspects to it. Knowing the people here, I think it will come with a feeling of great liberation and mass gatherings. And perhaps there will be some kind of irresponsibility as well,» said a local. People were seen boarding the busy trains and trams often disregarding social distancing rules or the use of face masks. Residents in restaurants and cafes were particularly seen without face masks, as it was the case for people enjoying a stroll in the Budapest highstreet. With the aim of curbing the outbreak of COVID-19, social restrictions were imposed in Hungary on March 28, and on March 30, the Hungarian parliament approved a law allowing Orban's government to rule by decree without an end date in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there have been 3,535 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 462 people dying with the virus in Hungary.

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