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ECDC Advises Member States to Impose More Entry Restrictions on Each Other’s Citizens Due to Current COVID-19 Situation

The COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in more EU/Schengen area countries, showing the latest maps published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on August 9 in support of the Council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to restrict freedom of movement amid COVID-19.

The new maps show that in most EU/Schengen countries, the situation has worsened, except for a very few, such as Spain, which has gone from dark red to mostly red, due to a slight decrease in the number of cases in recent days.

According to the new maps, the only countries that have remained completely green are Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The Pannopinal Croatia region and the Italian Molise region are also colored green.

While the countries that were green or partially green, in last week’s maps that changed their colors in this week’s maps are as follows:

Estonia, which is now the yellow Bulgarian Montana region, which is now completely red along with the rest of the country, half of Slovenia, which is now yellow, like the other half of northwestern Croatia, which is now the yellow Italian region of Polanzo, leaving Molise. The country’s only green area All areas in Germany that were previously green are now yellow The last green areas in Norway – Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark and Trondelag – are now yellow

In France, the center has turned from yellow to red, which means that now, except for the Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, it is dark red, and the rest of France is red.

Most of Sweden is now red, mainland Greece is completely red, while in some countries such as Ireland, Lithuania and Finland, the situation has not changed.

In accordance with the European Union’s Common Approach to Travel Procedures, all member states should require that people traveling from areas with higher infection rates, particularly from ‘dark red’ areas, take a COVID-19 test prior to departure and undergo quarantine on arrival.

“This should also apply to essential travelers provided this does not have a disproportionate impact on the exercise of their function or need. However, transport workers should in principle be exempted from testing and quarantine/self-isolation requirements,” advises the EU Commission.

One of the rare EU countries that is currently in a better position from COVID-19 than last week is Spain, which has mostly switched from dark red to red. Although this color change means that travel to Spain is still unsafe, SCDC notes that it is still safer than last week and the week before.

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