The epidemiological situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 has worsened in eastern European countries according to the latest edition of the weekly map issued by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
For another week Cyprus remains in the red category, since the rate of new infections continue to be high in the country.
Poland is now almost in its entirety a red zone, with the exception of some areas in the east which are now in the deep red category. Most of Sweden and Norway are now also in the red zone.
The Baltic States remain in the deep red category, along with Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and part of northern Greece.
A significant portion of Czechia, Slovakia, Austria and areas in Hungary are also in the deep red zone, along with significant areas in the Netherlands, Belgium and the entirety of the Republic of Ireland.
Germany remains in the red zone for another week, as does Iceland. France, Portugal and a large portion of Italy remain in the orange zone.
Italy is now the only country in the EU with green zones, which include a portion of northern Italy and Sardinia.
The epidemiological map of the ECDC does not include any data on Spain this week.
Orange zone areas are defined as the areas where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is below 50 and the test positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 infection is 4% or more, or the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is between 50 and 75 and the test positivity rate is 1% or more, or the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is between 75 and 200 and the test positivity rate is lower than 4%.
Red zone areas are defined as the areas where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 infection is 4% or more, or the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is more than 200 but less than 500 (when the cumulative rate exceeds 500 the area enters the “deep red” zone).
ECDC publishes relevant maps and data every Thursday, in support of the Council recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maps are based on data reported by the Member States to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) by midnight on Tuesday.