The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) makes the map to help the EU decide its Coronavirus travel policy
The ECDC (the EU public health body for disease control) has released its latest ‘Coronavirus risk’ map of Europe, and Groningen and Friesland are the only two Dutch provinces on its green list. The ECDC’s judgement is relied upon by the European Council to decide on travel policy and restrictions due to the pandemic. As reported by OOGTV.
Being on the green list means that fewer than 50 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been detected in Groningen and Friesland in the past two weeks. Additionally, less than 4 percent of Coronavirus tests done resulted in a positive. Other green areas have between 50 and 75 confirmed infections for every 100,000 residents, with less than one percent of positive tests.
However, most EU Member States have yet to analyze and process the figures. As a result, it will take a few days before travel restrictions to and from an area are lifted. There are also many countries that do not look at regions, but at countries as a whole. Germany is one of the few countries that assesses regions in the Netherlands individually.
The Netherlands as a whole is now being put on the yellow list on the overall EU map, which means that some countries will impose entry restrictions. That may be a mandatory test on arrival, but a mandatory quarantine will likely be over in a few days.
Image via the ECDC