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Almost all of Southern Europe sees red on the Covid-19 map



           


Green remains the exception on the map of combined items in the regions of Southern Europe (map: ECDC)
Green remains the exception on the map of combined items in the regions of Southern Europe (map: ECDC)
EU. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had to leave Brussels on Thursday 15 October 2020, where she was attending the EU leaders' summit, after one of her colleagues tested positive for coronavirus. "I myself tested negative. However, as a precautionary measure, I am immediately leaving the European Council and going into quarantine", she said.

Moreover, because of the evolution of Covid-19 in France and Belgium, the next session of the European Parliament, which was scheduled to take place from 19 to 22 October 2020 in Strasbourg, will take place only by videoconference, announced David Sassoli, its president, on Friday 16 October 2020 on Twitter. MEPs are also asked not to travel to Brussels.

It is during this difficult period that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is publishing, for the first time, a map on the state of the pandemic in the regions of the European Union. From now on, it will be published weekly, every Thursday, as decided by the European ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday 13 October 2020. The map shows the number of newly notified cases per 100 000 inhabitants over the last 14 days, the number of screening tests per 100 000 inhabitants carried out over the past week (screening rate) and the percentage of positive screening tests carried out over the past week (test positivity rate).

 

Italy and Greece, the good pupils of the South

The first map of the status of the pandemic (here with all items combined) in the European Union will be published weekly (map: ECDC)
The first map of the status of the pandemic (here with all items combined) in the European Union will be published weekly (map: ECDC)
Colour codes are used to identify the rate of coronavirus contamination in each region of the European Union.

Green means that the 14-day notification rate remains below 25 and the test positivity rate below 4%.

Orange means that the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is greater than or equal to 4%, or that the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and 150 and the test positivity rate remains less than 4%.

Red shows that the 14-day notification rate is greater than or equal to fifty and the test positivity rate is greater than or equal to 4%, or the 14-day notification rate is greater than 150.

Grey, finally, refers to Member States which have not provided sufficient information or whose test rate is 300 or less.

Aimed at better harmonising recommendations, this data will enable governments to take decisions on travel restrictions for people coming from orange or red (or even grey) zones by imposing specific measures (including testing or outright bans). Sixteen countries have red, the predominant colour in the EU.

All of southern Europe is also coloured red on this first map, with three exceptions. Italy is predominantly orange, with the exception of the Calabria region, which is green. Greece is divided between green and orange. Cyprus is entirely orange.

Also worth noting is the Portuguese region of Alentejo (capital: Evora), the only region in the Iberian peninsula to have orange in an entirely red-covered area.

 


Frédéric Dubessy


Friday, October 16th 2020



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