Sweden and Finland turn “orange” on the ECDC’s infection map

ECDC infection map 05082021Photo: ECDC
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Sweden and Finland are now “orange” on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) infection map. Stockholm and Helsinki are “red.”

In total, the infection situation is now worse in 36 different areas in Europe, the ECDC’s map shows.

On Friday, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) will update its maps. The update will show which countries and regions will be subject to extra corona requirements when it comes to traveling to Norway. 

Based on the update, the Norwegian government will make a final decision the same day, before the changes take effect from Monday,

The ECDC’s risk assessment helps form the basis for the FHI’s maps, but it is not a given that their conclusion will be the same. The FHI collects its own national figures from Sweden, Denmark, and Finland and also divides Sweden into larger regions, for example.

This means that even though the whole of Sweden is “orange” on the EU’s infection map, it is not a given that the whole of Sweden will fall under quarantine requirements from Monday. However, if the FHI follows the ECDC, all border regions around Norway will be closed from Monday.

Holiday countries may face stricter quarantine requirements

If you come to Norway from an “orange” or “red” region, the requirement is, among other things, that you have to go into entry quarantine. 

However, this does not apply to fully vaccinated people or those who have undergone COVID-19 in the last six months. 

Several regions in Spain and France have experienced a worsening infection situation. In Spain, the whole country, with the exception of the Canary Islands and the region of Asturias in the north, is now “dark red.” The Canary Islands and Asturias are “red.” Large parts of southern France are now “dark red,” and several regions further north in the country have gone from “orange” to “red.”

According to figures obtained by the newspaper VG, the popular holiday destination Croatia, which today is “green,” has gone from “green” to “orange.” According to the newspaper, Värmland, Västra Götaland, and Sweden’s two northernmost regions will likely turn “orange,” based on the figures used by the FHI.

If VG’s expectations materialize, some Swedish regions will still be exempt from quarantine requirements, including the border region Dalarna.

Parts of Norway are turning “red”

In Norway, Møre og Romsdal, Agder, and Oslo are now “orange,” after being “green” last week. Troms og Finnmark are still “orange.” Nordland will now turn “green.”

In Denmark, the North Jutland region is “red,” after being “orange” last week. Central Jutland and Copenhagen are still “red.” The whole of Finland is also “orange” on the ECDC’s map.

Protected persons who have received the first vaccine dose between 3 and 15 weeks ago and children under 18 years of age must go into entry quarantine but can end the quarantine if they test negative no earlier than three days after arrival.

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