Travel cards in Europe have turned very red – Vax Before Travel
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released updated color-coded maps in support of the Council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to EU travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recent emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 variant of the coronavirus known as Omicron has disrupted most travel plans in Europe.
As of December 16, 2021, the overall Omicron case total has so far reached 3,158.
A preliminary analysis of the first Omicron cases reported to the European surveillance system shows that imported or travel-related cases represent 13% of cases.
In comparison, 70% of reported cases were acquired locally.
Globally, 15,778 confirmed cases of Omicron have been reported from 85 countries.
The areas are marked in the following colors:
- Green: if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%; or if the 14-day notification rate is less than 75 and the test positivity rate less than 1%.
- Orange: if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is 4% or more, or if the 14-day notification rate is 50 or more and less than 75, and the test positivity rate is 1% or more, i.e. the 14-day notification rate is between 75 and 200 and the test positivity rate is less than 4%.
- Red: If the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate for COVID-19 infection is 4% or more, or if the notification rate of 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case is greater than 200 but less than 500.
- Dark red: If the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more.
- Gray: if the information is insufficient or if the detection rate is less than 300 cases per 100,000.
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