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Health Agency Updates COVID-19 Maps According to EU’s New Travel Rules

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has updated weekly maps to support a coordinated approach to travel measures in the European Union, based on the new recommendation of the European Union Commission, by taking into account vaccine rates in each region.

So far, the maps have been updated by taking into account the 14-day COVID-19 notification rate per 100,000 population and positivity testing in each district. However, since February 1, the update of vaccination in the region is also taken into account.

“In the [new] The maps, EU/EEA member states ranked according to an index based on the 14-day notification rate, and likely uptake of the vaccine in the region,” notes the CDC update the maps on February 3.

EU and Schengen countries are still colored green, orange, red and dark red, while the indicator formula is – weighted rate = (C + C * (100-V) / 100) / 2. The letter C stands for notification rate, while The letter V indicates the absorption of the vaccine.

Thus, according to the formula, the regions with a weighted rate less than 40 are colored in green, in orange those regions are between 40 and 100, while in red are regions with a weighted rate between 100 and 300. Countries where the weighted rate is 300 or more are in red dark;

According to the third countries with a test score of 600 or less, they are colored in dark grey, and areas for which there is insufficient data are highlighted in grey.

Entire Europe is painted dark red despite high vaccination rates

According to the EU Council recommendation published on January 25, all EU member states should now impose travel restrictions according to the traveler’s vaccination status rather than placing their restrictions only on the country of departure.

The recommendation instructs member states to allow unrestricted entry to those traveling with an EU digital COVID-19 certificate, held by those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, who have recovered from the virus, as well as those who tested negative prior to their trip, by dropping the requirements This is a commitment to further testing and quarantine.

However, the council noted that such restrictions may be imposed on travelers coming from the dark red areas of the European Union and Schengen countries.

Based on this map, member states should implement measures related to travel to and from areas marked in dark red, where the virus is spreading at very high levels. They should, in particular, discourage all non-essential travel and require people coming from those areas, who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate to undergo testing before departure and quarantine after arrival,” the council notes.

Although the board’s intent is to facilitate travel throughout the building, given the high rates of COVID-19, such a thing is not feasible. ECDC’s updated maps show all of Europe marked in dark red, with no exceptions.

This means that easing travel rules based on the January 25 recommendation is not possible.

However, despite the rise in the number of COVID-19 reported across the bloc, many member states have already eased travel restrictions, stressing that measures such as border controls, testing and quarantine have not helped prevent the spread of COVID-19. Other countries have removed restrictions claiming that the virus is no longer severe.

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