First EU 'Covid traffic light’ map published: almost the entire EU is in red

2020/10/16 08:32:39 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Canary Islands appear in red on the first European map with a 'Covid traffic light' that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published yesterday for the first time. The countries of the European Union agreed to this map last week to unify the rules by which each country closes borders and limits mobility, which translates into an epidemiological traffic light that will colour each region based on its Covid situation. In other words, it will allow the coordination of free movement restrictions in response to the spread of the virus.

This traffic light map, to be published every Thursday, will reflect the pandemic situation in each European country through a traffic light colour scheme. The areas are marked in green, orange, red or grey depending on the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of positives.

Green: cumulative incidence rate of less than 25 cases and PCR positivity of less than 4%.
Orange: cumulative incidence rate of less than 50 cases and positivity of 4% onwards. Also if the incidence is between 25 and 150 cases, with a PCR positivity of less than 4%.
Red: incidence rate greater than 50 and PCR positivity of 4% onwards. Also if the incidence is greater than 150 cases, regardless of PCR positivity.
Grey: lack of test data available at the time the map was published.

Sixteen EU countries appeared yesterday in red on the Covid map, including France, Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom, whereas Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia appear in orange, and only Norway, Finland and Greece appear in green.

The maps are based on data reported by the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) and the United Kingdom on the basis of the European Surveillance System.

The Canary Islands appear in red on this map, despite its improved health situation, which has lead to Germany postponing its decision to remove the Canary Islands from the blacklist of destinations for another week, and now that they themselves are in the red, there will be fewer possibilities. The spread of the coronavirus has accelerated alarmingly in Germany in recent weeks, prompting public authorities to take even stricter measures to contain the second wave.

Given this situation and the fall in reservations, Ryanair announced the reduction of its winter operations, between November and March, from 60% to 40% compared to the previous year and has said that there will be more layoffs.

The reversal of the de-escalation to which many countries have been forced by the unstoppable advance of the Covid-19 epidemic hit the stock markets yesterday. The Ibex 35 fell 1.44% to 6,816.8 points at the close. The values ​​of the tourism sector and banks were among the most penalized in the Ibex 35. Banco Sabadell (-1.7%) yielded strongly yesterday.