Only four countries show green zones on first EU corona-map
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Only four countries show green zones on first EU corona-map

Credit: Belga / The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Norway and Finland are the only countries to show mostly green regions on the European Union’s first coronavirus map, which colours regions green, red or orange depending on the number of positive Covid-19 tests.

The map was published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and contains information on “weekly COVID-19 testing rates” and a “14-day notification rate of new confirmed COVID-19 cases” on a regional level. The maps on all indicators can be consulted here.

Belgium is coloured red in full, as are the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and France.

Greece and Italy show some green regions, but are mostly coloured orange.

Regions are coloured red when over 150 people in 100,000 have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days. Green regions have recorded less than 25 infections per 100,000 over the same period.

The map should help Member States to install safety measures when needed, like restricting entry for travellers from certain countries, imposing a quarantine or carrying out extra tests. Countries who plan to take action should inform the concerned Member State before the measures come into effect.

Spain, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania are also shown in red, while Portugal and Bulgaria have one or two regions in orange.

Several Member States remain without colour and appear grey, as they have not yet provided sufficient data to assess the situation. Grey Member States include Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Iceland has also been included as a grey country.

Member States are required to provide the ECDC with data on testing and the number of people who have been infected with corona each week, following a decision by EU ministers on Tuesday.

The ECDC map will be updated every Thursday.

Amée Zoutberg
The Brussels Times