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Belgium is again the orange area on the European map, which means...

Belgium is again the orange area on the European map, which means…

After the weekly update of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Flanders and Wallonia again turned orange on the European map due to an increase in the number of infections. Brussels is still orange. This color change can have tangible consequences for those traveling in Europe.

Spain, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Luxembourg are completely red, and Portugal is also red. In Greece, more areas are turning orange, and the metropolitan area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAthens is turning red, just like Crete. Three French regions are also turning orange again, and the rest of the country will remain green for now. The holiday country of Italy will remain completely green for now.

A change of color can have tangible consequences for those traveling in Europe, but this depends entirely on the rules that the country itself applies. In addition, color codes announced on Thursday will only be valid from Monday. However, if an area is red-coded, only the color code and associated metrics will apply as of Wednesday.

For those who travel, more countries can require a recent entry test. So check carefully before leaving What is expected of you. For those who return, only the red color code is appropriate. If you return from a red zone, in any case you should be isolated and tested, unless you have a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate. Children under 12 years of age should not be tested.

Color codes explained

Country colors Green color If there have been fewer than 75 infections per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks and the test positivity rate is less than 1%. If up to 4 percent of tests are positive, but if the infection is less than 50, the country also turns green.

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color code orange It indicates that there is a rate of infection between 75 and 200 injuries and that less than 4 percent of the tests are positive, or that there are between 50 and 75 injuries per 100,000 residents but the percentage of positivity is higher than 1 percent.

ECDC country color red If the infection is 75 to 200 cases and the test-positivity rate is 4 percent or more, or the state reports between 200 and 500 infections. The dark red color code is also present. It is used when greater than 500 occurs.