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European Corona Map Continues to Turn Dark Red

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Europe continues to colour dark red on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Only Romania, three regions in Italy and a few overseas regions are not yet coloured (dark) red.

 

ECDC publishes a colour-coded European corona map based on the number of infections and the percentage of positive tests in the past fourteen days. This shows that the lion’s share of the European continent continues to colour (dark) red. This is the case, for example, for Belgium, Netherlands and France (dark red) and Germany, Spain and Poland (largely dark red).

The only bright spots are Romania, which largely turns orange and also has one green region, and Italy, where Sardinia, Apulia and Molise turn orange. Guadeloupe and Saint Martin and Mayotte (both France) and the Azores (Portugal) are also still orange.

A country or region is given the red colour if the 14-day incidence, the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, exceeds 75, and the positivity ratio is higher than 4 percent. Another condition to get red is if the incidence is above 200 regardless of the positivity ratio. The dark red colour means more than 500 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks.

The colour codes are an indication for EU member states to impose conditions on travellers, such as mandatory quarantines or the presentation of negative tests. There are EU recommendations, but the Member States ultimately decide what conditions they impose or not on people returning from green, orange or red areas. The colours are also considered for admitting travellers into their own country.

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