Hungarian minister tested positive for the virus during a visit to Southeast Asia

Hungary's the foreign minister has tested positive for the coronavirus in Thailand, the state's health minister said on Wednesday when he withdrew from a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.


Hungarian minister tested positive for the virus during a visit to Southeast Asia

Peter Szijjarto paid a one-day official visit on Tuesday to sign civil aviation, agriculture and water management agreements, as well as to reopen an embassy after a 25-year hiatus.


His picture was shown’ in a meeting with Hun Sen, where he did not distance himself socially or wear a mask.


The Minister also met with his Cambodian counterpart and shook hands with a group of other ministers.


On Tuesday night, Szijjarto arrived in Bangkok and was rushed’ to hospital after testing positive for the virus.


Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters after visiting Szijjarto at the Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases on Wednesday that tests showed he had Covid 19, but no symptoms.


"Everyone experienced it negatively."


Cambodian scheduled meetings in the Thai capital have been canceled’ and Hungary has been ordered’ to send an additional plane apart from its crew.


Cambodian officials in Bangkok and the Hungarian embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


In the early weeks of the epidemic, Beijing's staunch ally Hun Sen refused to wear a mask from China or keep Cambodia's borders close to China.


But as matters escalated across Europe and the United States, the country banned foreign tourists - although never from the Chinese market - and Hun Sen urged people to wear the Dawn mask. The lyrics changed.


Most of the country has been infected’ with the virus, with less than 300 cases reported and no deaths reported.


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