The EU agrees to create a map of risk zones by colors but does not set criteria for mobility between countries


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The EU gave the green light this Tuesday to creating a color map (green, orange and red) to differentiate three levels of risk from Covid in the member countries, but has not set common criteria for mobility in areas of higher risk. Spain and several countries requested that tests be prioritized over quarantines.

The map will be drawn up by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and will be updated every week. For it, the regions undertake to facilitate the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks, the number of tests carried out per 100,000 inhabitants during the last week and the percentage of positives out of the total.

The map will be published based on this information. There will be three categories: the green zone will be the lower risk regions, which are those that register less than 25 new cases for every 100,000 inhabitants below 25 and with less than 4% of positive tests of the total of those carried out. No Spanish community would be in the green zone at the moment.

Hot zones

In orange color (medium risk) will appear those with less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days if the rate of positives is equal to or greater than 4% or those with the infection rate between 25 and 150 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants but with a positive rate of less than 4%.

In red will be the risk regions: in which the new infections exceed 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of positive tests exceeds 4% or when the number of new reported cases exceeds 150 per 100,000 inhabitants. Those that have not provided enough information will appear in gray.

This map is a recommendation, which means that states are not required to provide information. In the EU document, it has been requested that there be no travel restrictions in the green areas, but no criteria have been established on mobility in risk areas (orange and red).

For these regions, the EU suggests that mobility is not prohibited either, but rather measures such as the imposition of quarantines or the carrying out of detection tests on the departure or arrival of the traveler should be chosen.

The text also calls for the measures imposed to limit freedom of movement in each country to be “proportionate and non-discriminatory” and to be withdrawn as soon as the epidemiological situation allows.

The Government of Spain agreed last Friday with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands a protocol to establish tourist corridors that is based on conducting tests on tourists both at origin and destination. These protocols must be agreed with the main countries that send tourists to the islands (United Kingdom and Germany). The archipelago governments undertake to bear the cost of quarantining the tourist if he tests positive before returning to his destination.

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