The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published the new weekly maps of the current situation of coronavirus in EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, based on the urging of member states to impose/remove entry restrictions.
Given the growing number of COVID-19 cases across Europe, new maps suggest more travel restrictions should be imposed between member states, as more countries turn red from yellow.
According to these maps, in France only the central region remained in yellow, while the other three regions that were also yellow last week – Brittany, Hautes-de-France and Bourgogne-Franch-Comte – turned red.
On the other hand, the Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur remain dark red, and in the category that was placed in the last map update in recent weeks, on August 5.
In Sweden, the regions of Lappland, Norrbotten and Västerbotten have changed from yellow to red. The Opaland region remains red, while the rest of the country is still colored yellow.
The Lithuanian region of Vilnius also turned from yellow to red. In Norway, the situation has also deteriorated, with the counties of Viken and Nordland turning from green to yellow.
Changes in the current situation of COVID-19 have occurred in other EU countries as well. Romania is now mostly yellow, while it was completely green last week. In Italy, there are also more red areas, while some parts of Holland have turned from red to yellow.
The situation is still bad in Spain, mostly dark red. The only region that has changed its colors in Spain compared to last week is the region of Murcia, which has switched from dark red to red.
Data published by the World Health Organization shows that in the last 24 hours, some of the above countries reported the following number of new COVID-19 cases:
France – 24,236 Greece – 4,614 Italy – 5,624 Spain – 8,001 Sweden – 1,461
The joint maps were initiated and approved by the Council of the European Union in an effort for the bloc to preserve freedom of movement in the European Union. With these maps, states intend to make it easier for member states to coordinate restrictions on freedom of movement in response to COVID-19.