The government last week decided that health-care workers, teachers and staff members of social institutions will be tested on a regular basis, determined by the operative board responsible for handling the epidemic, Gulyás told a regular press briefing on Thursday.
Testing is scheduled to get under way in schools, kindergartens, creches and health-care institutions next Monday.
Testing will be voluntary, he added, emphasising that no one would be obliged to take the test. The government offices will be instrumental in organising the testing of 191,000 people in 15,000 venues, with the testing teams always including a medical student.
Concerning the official number of Covid tests carried out, Gulyás said the numbers on the government’s coronavirus website did not yet include antigen tests for technical reasons.
Gulyás thanked health-care staff for their efforts, noting that the death-to-infection ratio has declined since the spring. The health-care system is ready to handle growing case numbers, he said.
Gulyás called it “unacceptable” that health-care workers treating Covid patients had not yet received their 50 percent pay rise, stressing that they were entitled to a higher salary.
The head of the Prime Minister’s Office said there were 580 coronavirus patients in intensive care. Hungarian hospitals have around 1,700 intensive care beds, he said, adding that this number could be increased if necessary.
Asked what would happen to bodies if morgues became completely full, Gulyás said the operative board handling the epidemic had the situation under control. Funeral service providers appear to be handling the current situation well, he added.