ECDC map: Cyprus still in the red with most EU countries
The latest edition of the epidemiological map published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 has worsened in most parts of the EU and European Economic Area (EEA). Cyprus remains in the dark red category for another week.
Romania, which was the only area where the situation seemed to improve since some of its regions were in the orange or even green category, has moved back into the red category.
The rest of the EU/EEA region is now in the deep red or red category, with the situation worsening particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.
The only parts of Europe that are now in the red category are most of Poland, the eastern parts of Hungary and Romania.
The map, which was released on Thursday, combines data on case notification rates per 100,000 population and test positivity over the past 14 days (in this case covering roughly the last week of 2021 and the first week of 2022).
The ECDC card does not record the number of deaths or hospitalizations, or vaccination levels. The map also does not take into account the number of cases caused by the Omicron variant.
Orange areas are defined as areas where the cumulative 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate is less than 50 and the COVID-19 infection test positivity rate is 4% or greater, or the 14-day cumulative rate of COVID-19. the case notification rate is between 50 and 75 and the test positivity rate is 1% or more, or the cumulative 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate is between 75 and 200 and the positivity of the test is less than 4%.
Red zone areas are defined as areas where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the COVID-19 infection test positivity rate is 4% or greater , or the 14-day cumulative rate of COVID-19. -19 the case notification rate is greater than 200 but less than 500 (when the cumulative rate exceeds 500, the area enters the “dark red” zone).
ECDC publishes relevant maps and data every Thursday, in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to restricting free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maps are based on data reported by member states to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) at midnight on Tuesday.