Hungary Is the European Union’s First to Close Borders Again Due to Coronavirus

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From September 1, foreigners will not be able to enter Hungary for at least a month. Citizens of the country must submit two negative tests or spend 14 days in quarantine. The Hungarian authorities are closing the country's borders to contain the coronavirus spread. "From September 1, foreign citizens will be prohibited entering into the territory of Hungary," - on Friday, August 28, the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's administration Gergely Gulyash said. It is planned that this measure will initially be in effect for one month. This makes Hungary the first European Union state to re-close its borders after Schengen countries eased most of the restrictions on movement within its borders in June. Earlier, Ukraine closed its borders for foreigners for one month. According to the new rules, Hungarian citizens will be able to freely enter the country if they present two negative tests for SARS-CoV-2. Otherwise, they will have to spend 14 days in quarantine. Hungary has been relatively successful in coping with the pandemic., only 5,511 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the country, 614 people died due to the COVID-19 disease pulmonary consequences caused by this virus. However, the number of infections has recently increased significantly with the majority of new infections occurring abroad. Coronavirus pandemic Meanwhile, the international community continues to fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Since the pandemic has begun almost 25 million inhabitants of the planet got infected. More than 840 thousand people have died from COVID-19consequences and more than 17 million patients have recovered.