Eight Dutch provinces dark red on European Covid map
In eight Dutch provinces, so many people tested positive that they reached the highest warning level on the map of coronavirus cases in Europe. They go from red to dark red. These are Limburg, Gelderland, Overijssel, Zeeland, Utrecht, Zuid-Holland, Friesland, and Flevoland.
Only Noord-Holland, Noord-Brabant, Drenthe, and Groningen remain on red. The first three are on track to go dark red next week.
It is the first time since the end of July that parts of the Netherlands are on the highest level. At the beginning of October, the Netherlands was entirely orange, the second-lowest level.
The European health service ECDC, to which the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) belongs, establishes the map. The service looks at the number and percentage of positive tests in the two previous calendar weeks. The European coronavirus map has four colors. From low to high, these are green, orange, red, and dark red.
Limburg is the largest coronavirus hotspot of the provinces. In the past two weeks, 882 out of every 100,000 people there tested positive, or 1 in every 113 Limburg residents. This is followed by Gelderland (rounded up 694 positive tests in every 100,000), Zeeland (661), Overijssel (648), Utrecht (586), Flevoland (583), Zuid-Holland (573), Friesland (550), Noord-Holland (447), Noord-Brabant (428), Drenthe (4170, and Groningen (310).
Countries use the map to decide whether to tighten the rules for travelers from other countries. For example, Germany could choose to designate the Netherlands as a "Hochrisikogebiet" or "high-risk area." If that happens, people who have been to the Netherlands must report their arrival to the German government online before their departure. They must also show that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, recently tested negative, or have just recovered from an infection.
The number of positive tests is also increasing in other countries, and therefore their warning level. Flanders and the German federal states of Thuringia and Saxony went from red to dark red. Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania remained at the highest level. And levels also rose in countries like Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Sweden, and Ireland. The situation is currently most favorable in Italy, France, and Portugal.
Reporting by ANP.