On this map promised on Tuesday in Luxembourg for a better harmonization of travel recommendations, only three countries in the EU or the European Economic Area (Norway, Finland and Greece) are mostly marked in green, while five countries (Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) are mainly marked in orange.
However, five countries (Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland) were not evaluated in this color-coded map due to ‘lack of test data’ for an unspecified reason. ECDC has not yet been able to comment on this absence.
According to the recommendations, unlike those coming from a green area, travelers coming from an orange and red (or gray) area may be subject to restrictive measures on arrival.
In total, 16 EU countries, including France, Spain, Poland and Romania, as well as the United Kingdom appear in red on this map showing the European epidemiological situation, notes AFP, taken over by agerpres.ro.
This mapping, detailed up to the regional level, aims to define risk areas, but is not constraining.
It combines three criteria for classifying countries: the rate of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, the number of tests per 100,000 inhabitants performed in the last week and the rate of positive tests (if higher or lower than 4%).
According to the compromise decided on Tuesday in Luxembourg, this map must be updated every week.
To be classified as green, a region must have less than 25 new cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks and a positive percentage of less than 4%. An area is marked in red when the number of new cases exceeds 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks and the rate of positive cases exceeds 4% or when the criterion for new cases exceeds 150.
The orange category groups two categories: regions with less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants but a positive test rate of more than 4%, or those with between 25 and 150 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but a positive test rate less than 4%.
For the first time, the relative death toll in Europe has surpassed that of the United States, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the death rate this winter could be five times higher than in the spring if the port is not respected. masks and social distancing.