The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has begun publishing maps with data on the situation of the pandemic in Europe on Thursday, as recommended by the Council of the European Union days ago.
It is a mapping that serves to harmonize recommendations and coordinate restrictions on free movement in response to the spread of the virus. In other words, it is a traffic light map “oriented to international travel”, in the words of Fernando Simón, director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies
This independent EU agency, based in Stockholm, will post on Thursdays, on a weekly basis, a map reflecting the situation of the pandemic in each country through a uniformed “traffic light” color scheme. The areas are marked in green, orange, red or gray depending on the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of positives.
Up to 16 EU countries appear in red, including France, Spain, Poland Y Kingdom United. In the orange zone they are marked (mostly) Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania Y Latvia, while only three countries appear in green: Norway, Finland Y Greece.
The map is detailed down to a regional level, so some countries have some areas painted in orange and others in green, as is the case for example in southern Italy.
Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, however, appear in gray, a color code that means “lack of test data.” It is expected that next week, with the traffic light update, these countries will already have a red, green or orange color.
The map is intended for international travel. Thus, it is expected that travelers coming from an orange or red zone will have to quarantine or take a test when arriving in another country.
Of course, the country that begins to apply restrictions to travelers from another red or orange zone must inform that Member State 48 hours in advance. Citizens, likewise, must be warned at least 24 hours before.
The maps are based on data reported by the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) and the United Kingdom on the basis of the European Surveillance System.
They include 14-day levels or rates of new confirmed COVID cases per 100,000 residents at the subnational level, weekly national tests per 100,000 residents, test positivity, and a sub-national map with a combined indicator.
The latter is based on the algorithm of the Council’s recommendation, the Stockholm-based ECDC said in a statement.
The maps of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control began to be disseminated this week following the recommendation of the EU Council, which last Tuesday approved a package of measures aimed at coordinating the restriction of movements in the EU in response to the spread of Covid-19.