Budapest will join an initiative by the Eurocities network of large cities in Europe and remember the victims of the coronavirus pandemic with a minute of silence at noon on Wednesday, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Facebook on Sunday.
Karácsony said the gesture is also intended as a sign of appreciation for the work of frontline workers such as doctors, residents, nurses and paramedics. He added that the “remembrance does not aim to aggravate, but to mitigate the increasingly elevated tone of political debates”. Karácsony said public transport in the capital would also observe the minute of silence. He invited Hungarians who live outside of Budapest to join the minute of silence, too, on March 24.