15 Iranian students expelled from Hungary and EU for violating coronavirus quarantine

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Hungarian authorities have expelled another 13 Iranian students from the country and from the territory of the European Union for violating quarantine rules, which brings the total number of Iranian students deported from Hungary to 15.

The Hungarian Interior Ministry said the students were initially quarantined at Budapest’s St László hospital for coronavirus infections, but had left their rooms and behaved aggressively toward medical staff.

Two Iranian students were expelled from the country on Friday for similar offences.

Hungary’s first two cases of coronavirus stemmed from two Iranian students. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the two students disregarded the university’s advice and failed to stay at home for a self-imposed quarantine and instead attended classes.

“We have in fact two patients who had to be hospitalized due to a coronavirus infection,” Orbán said in a short Facebook video after the first two cases were reported. “They are two foreign Iranian students studying in Hungary. Now, they appear to be asymptomatic, but the fact of the infection has been confirmed and the standard procedure in such cases is to transport them to the appropriate hospital; the St László Hospital is designated for this.”

Title image: Nurses in protective gear prepare a ward designated for new patents infected with the coronavirus in a hospital in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 16, 2020. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

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