The European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) has again added the capital of Belgium, Brussels, to the EU’s coronavirus red travel map, due to the recent increase in the number of infections recorded in this region.
According to recent figures from the Public Health Institute, Sciensano, Brussels has recorded an increase in positive cases of coronavirus, with an average of 213 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days.
That number aligns with ECDC’s first criteria for adding a region or country to the Red List, which includes areas severely affected by the virus, if the infection rate is between 200 and 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, regardless of the recovery rate, TheSchengen.com reports.
Along with Brussels, Corsica and Ireland, the Greek region of Thessaly, the Ionian Islands and Eglise have been added to the red list.
On the other hand, Flanders and Wallonia are still on ECDC’s orange list, where there are medium-risk areas, along with several regions of France, Greece, Croatia and Italy.
The European color code system serves as a guideline for EU member states to impose individual entry restrictions on travelers such as quarantine or testing.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, travelers returning from red countries to Belgium are required to take a PCR test on the first and seventh day after their arrival. For those who have tested positive for the coronavirus, a ten-day quarantine is mandatory.
Data from the Flanders Tourist Survey revealed that only 17 percent of respondents will not undertake any travel activity this year due to COVID-19, compared to 44 percent in 2020.
A total of 1,749 Belgians who traveled at least once in the past three years took part in the Flanders Tourist Survey conducted between June 23 and July 7.
Although travel demand is expected to increase from July 2021, international arrivals remain at nearly half of pre-pandemic levels or 49 percent below.
According to WHO data, Belgium has not reported any deaths or positive cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. However, the infection rate is currently set at 147, but it has been gradually increasing in the previous weeks.
On the other hand, our data scientist reveals that 50.6 percent of the total population of Belgium has been fully vaccinated, while 68.3 percent have received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine.