Almost all of Italy turns orange in the ECDC map, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. A sign of a constant decrease in infections that now affects the whole country, so much so that Italy is among the European states with fewer red zones: there are only three this week. They remain in fact in red only Valle d’Aosta, Basilicata and Calabria. The other novelty is the green entrance of Molise: it is the first Italian region to return to green. In all of Europe the green areas are very few and these are those in which the number of infections is particularly low, so much so that it is the band with the least spread of infections. In the updated ECDC map, the colors for various Regions therefore change: Tuscany, Campania and Puglia leave the red zone and enter the orange one. All the rest of Italy is confirmed instead in orange.
The new ECDC map: the situation in Italy and Europe
According to the latest recommendations from the European Commission there should be no restrictions – such as mandatory testing or quarantine – for people traveling from green zones. As mentioned on the ECDC Twitter profile, these maps, updated weekly, are a “support to the recommendations of the European Council for a coordinated approach on movement restrictions during the Covid pandemic“. In general the situation seems to be improving in much of Europe, with orange becoming the prevailing color: not only in the east, but also in Germany (almost all orange) and in part of Spain, as well as in all of Portugal. There are still many red areas, however, in France.
How the zones are established in the ECDC map
The ECDC map provides for a different coloring of the individual Regions on the basis of the incidence of cases: the reference, in particular, is to cases recorded in the last 14 days out of 100 thousand inhabitants. They come in verde Regions that have less than 25 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last two weeks: a positive rate of less than 4% is also needed. In Orange areas with less than 50 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants are included if the positivity rate is equal to or greater than 4%, or those between 25 and 150 cases with a rate of less than 4%. In rosso there are the Regions that in the last 14 days have registered between 50 and 150 cases and a positivity rate of less than 4%, or those that have between 150 and 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. Finally, they are found in dark red – now disappeared from the European map – the areas with more than 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.