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Ómicron puts all of Europe at high risk for coronavirus (minus Romania)

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All Europe, except Romania, is at high or very high risk due to the high transmission of coronavirus, according to the latest data updated today by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Eighteen of the thirty countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), including Spain, present a cumulative incidence of more than 500 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, which is equivalent to the highest level of risk, represented by the color red dark, on the weekly ECDC maps.

Eight other countries – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece and Poland – have regions at a very high level and others at a high level (red), which means that the incidence is between 200 and 499 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. or between 75 and 200 but with a test positivity rate higher than 4%.

Bulgaria and Latvia appear completely in red on the ECDC map, which collects data collected up to last Tuesday, while Romania, which was heavily affected by covid-19 in autumn, is almost entirely in orange with two exceptions: Bucharest, in red; and the southern region of Oltenia, in green (low contagion).

Among the regions where the situation has worsened compared to last week are, among others, eight Italians, who have turned red or dark red; and the Spanish ones from Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura and Andalusia, now in dark red, like the rest of the country.

On the other hand, the epidemic situation has improved in several Austrian, Greek and Hungarian regions, among others, as well as in German states such as Bavaria, which have turned red, although they are therefore still at high risk.

The ECDC, the reference body for epidemics of the European Union (EU) based in Stockholm, publishes every week maps on the contagion situation in support of the recommendations of the European Council (EC) for travel measures within the region.

According to the maps released today by the ECDC, nine countries exceed 5,000 weekly tests per 100,000 inhabitants: Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, France, Austria and Slovenia.

In Spain, only the regions of Asturias, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Catalonia, Castilla y León, Madrid and Extremadura reach this figure, while the rest are in the next step, with between 2,500 and 4,999 tests per week per 100,000 inhabitants .

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