Croatia’s coastal area is no longer marked in the red colour on the updated map issued by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday, after the COVID-19 incidence rate fell and the epidemiological situation improved in the recent weeks.
These maps are published by ECDC every Thursday in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was adopted by EU Member States on 13 October 2020 and amended on 28 January 2021.
The Croatian coastal area is now in the orange colour since it met requirements such as 14-day notification rate lower than 50 coronavirus cases per 100 000 with the test positivity rate being 4% or higher or, if the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and 150 cases per 100 000 and the test positivity rate is below 4%.
Croatia’s continental part is still in the red.
The red label is given if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 50 to 150 and the test positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 infection is 4% or more, or if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is more than 150 but less than 500.
Also, a majority of Spain, France, the whole of Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, Baltic countries, Slovenia, the north of Norway and large parts of Greece are still marked as red.
The green label is given if the 14-day notification rate is lower than 25 cases per 100 000 and the test positivity rate below 4%.
The updated map’s green areas are Iceland, nearly all the territory of Finland, Malta, parts of Romania, Poland and Italy.
According to the ECDC agency, Croatia’s 14-day incidence rate is 139.84 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Malta is the best performer with only 9 cases, whereas France with 314 and Lithuania with 31 cases fare worst.
The maps are based on data reported by EU Member States to The European Surveillance System (TESSy) database by 23:59 every Tuesday.
PHOTO: Josip Durdov