First European Map with a Covid Traffic Light

Canary Islands

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The European Centre for the Prevention and Control of Diseases of the EU will publish every Thursday the situation of the pandemic in each country through a colour scheme

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 tool last week to unify the rules by which each country closes borders and limits mobility, which translates into an epidemiological traffic light that will color 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 color scheme. The areas are marked in green, orange, red or gray 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%.

Amber : 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.

Sixteen EU countries appeared yesterday in red on the Covid map, including France, Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom, 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.