Travel maps of Europe have turned very red – Vax Before Travel

(Vax before the trip)

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today published updated color-coded maps in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to EU travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant known as Omicron has disrupted most travel plans in Europe.

As of December 16, 2021, the total number of Omicron cases has reached 3,158 so far.

A preliminary analysis of the first cases of Omicron 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.

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 is less than 1%.
  • Orange: If the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is 4% or more, or the 14-day notification rate is 50 or more and less than 75, and the positivity of the test is 1% or more, i.e. the notification rate at 14 days 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 is between 75 and 200 and the COVID-19 infection test positivity rate is 4% or more, or the rate cumulative notification of COVID-19 cases over 14 days is greater than 200 but less than 500.
  • Dark red: If the cumulative 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more.
  • Grey: if the information is insufficient or if the detection rate is less than 300 cases per 100,000.

The US State Department says “a first step in planning any foreign trip, check the travel advisories for your destination”. Or this color-coded world map.

And to receive updated travel advisories and alerts, choose the method that works best for you at travel.state.gov/stayingconnected.

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