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COVID-19 Situation Has Started to Improve in EU, ECDC Shows

The latest weekly report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the COVID-19 situation within the European Union, especially in some specific countries, is beginning to improve.

Newly updated maps released earlier today, on March 10, in support of the council’s recommendation, reveal that five EU/Schengen area countries – Spain, Romania, Hungary, Poland and Malta – recorded fewer cases over the course of the year. the past two weeks, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to the ECDC’s 14-day notification rate per 100,000 population weighted by vaccine uptake, Spain, Romania, Hungary and Poland had significantly lower cases of infection than countries currently part of the dark red list.

World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Spain has reported 120,109 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. During the same period, Romania reported 34,965 new cases, followed by Hungary with 16,797 new cases, Poland with 80.71 new cases, and Malta with 769 new cases.

As for other countries, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) reveals that it continues to record increasing infections with the new coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as the virus no longer causes serious health effects, many countries, including those listed above, have eased their entry and their local rules.

After concluding that COVID-19 restrictions no longer have a significant role in preventing the spread of the virus, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia and Hungary announced that they would lift all COVID-19 restrictions.

Icelandic authorities announced earlier last month that all travelers, regardless of their recovery or vaccination status, would be able to enter the country without having to meet any entry rules. Moreover, the same indicated that the country also lifted all its domestic COVID-19 restrictions.

Similarly, Norway and Slovenia also ended all their bases. Travelers can now access these two countries without having to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing upon entry.

In addition to the three countries mentioned above, Hungary and Ireland have also abolished their restrictions.

Hungarian authorities noted that travelers arriving in their territory now only need to present a valid travel document, such as a passport or a valid visa if necessary, noting that they will no longer require travelers to present any other document, such as a vaccination certificate or pre-entry test .

While some countries have lifted their restrictions entirely, others have only abolished their local rules. Austria is the last country in the European Union to announce that the country will lift its domestic coronavirus restrictions.

German authorities are also working to introduce less stringent measures for COVID-19.

>> German ministers unveil plans to ease domestic coronavirus restrictions

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