Agreement reached between EU Member States: Common criteria for labeling regions by number of coronavirus infected defined

EU Member States have harmonized common criteria for marking regions according to the number of people infected with coronavirus. Based on data provided by Member States to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, ...

EU Member States have harmonized common criteria to mark regions by the number of coronavirus infected.

Based on the data provided by the Member States to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, a map of the EU countries by different colors or zones (green, orange, red, gray) - and by regions, which is crucial.

Member States should provide available information on the following criteria to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on a weekly basis:

  • number newly reported cases per 100 inhabitants in the last 000 days
  • number tests conducted in the past week per 100 inhabitants (testing rate) and
  • percentage positive tests conducted in the past week (rate of positive tests).

Based on this information, the ECDC should publish weekly maps of EU Member States with individually identified regions in order to contribute to decision-making in the Member States. 

This is a big step forward, because now the restriction of travel to a country will be transparent and automated, without political "games", which is a prerequisite for the stability of tourism.

That's right green indicate the country if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is less than 25 per 19 thousand population and the COVID-3 infection test positive rate is less than XNUMX%;

Orange will mean if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is less than 50 per 19 population, but the COVID-3 infection test positive rate is 14% or more, or if the 19-day cumulative COVID-25 infection rate is cases range from 150 to 19, but the positivity rate of COVID-3 infection tests is less than XNUMX%;

Red zone, if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is 50 or more and the COVID-19 infection test positive is 3% or more, or if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case is more than 150 at 100 inhabitants. Gray areas for which there is insufficient data will be marked.

It was also agreed that they would notify for the country in which the restricted trip would be announced 48 hours before entry into force new measures, which will give guests plenty of time to organize and return to their country.

This year, there were cases when the decisions came into force on the second day, which created confusion for everyone, and especially for tourists. See the Council's decision HERE

The map of member states by zones and by regions will be visible on the network platform ReOpen-EU

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