Cyprus Health Minister: EU Might Abolish Colour Code Travel System

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Cypriot Health Minister Michalis Hadjpantilas said that the European Union plans to adopt new changes or cancel travel rules imposed due to the coronavirus situation.

Hadjpantilas’ comments came after Cyprus has been part of the red list, which includes countries with high rates of COVID-19 infection, for a long time, even though this country, according to the minister, has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 transmission, SchengenVisaInfo reports. com.

“Unfortunately, the criteria chosen to rank these countries are not very good for Cyprus,” The minister stressed, as reported by Cyprus Post.

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More than 124,400 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and its new strains in Cyprus since the start of the pandemic, while a total of 574 people have died, based on figures provided by the World Health Organization.

The same shows that over the past 24 hours, Cyprus has recorded a total of 112 cases of COVID-19.

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Regarding the current epidemiological situation in Cyprus, the minister said he urged the European Center for Disease Prevention (ECDC) to change the criteria or abolish these criteria.

The minister said that the country “Very close to changing or abolishing the standards.”

Authorities in the European Union introduced a color-code system in 2020 to help countries decide whether or not they should impose travel restrictions on a particular country, amid the COVID-19 situation.

Based on this system, countries are divided into several categories based on the epidemiological situation of the Corona virus, and the mapping system classifies other countries into green, orange, red, dark red and gray groups.

The red list includes all regions with a two-week GPA of 75 to 200 or if a cumulative COVID-19 infection rate is more than 200 but less than 500 in the past two weeks.

Countries included in the dark red category had a cumulative infection rate of 500 or more in the last 14 days.

The gray category includes countries for which insufficient information has been provided or if the testing rate is less than 300 cases per 100,000 population.

Recently, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the epidemiological situation in many EU member states has worsened. However, I made it clear that certain areas are still safe.

According to ECDC, Croatia, two areas in Ireland and half of Belgium are part of the dark red color category, which consists of areas severely affected by the virus.

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