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'Proportional and predictable': Spain praises EU's travel 'colour system'
16 October 2020 @ 16:21

TOURISM authorities in Spain have praised the EU's new regional system of 'colours' indicating contagion levels to help travellers make decisions before setting off, and has called for PCR tests at departure point and arrival instead of random quarantining.

Perhaps unfortunately for Spain, the fact that colours are given by complete regions means over half the country is on darkest red at present and the rest on light red, with only the Canary Islands and Galicia on orange – but it should be borne in mind that in terms of driving time, an autonomous region in Spain can take several hours to cross in any direction and the differences between towns and districts is enormous.

Very dark red means more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or where Covid-19 'positives' make up at least 0.24% of the population, and this is the case for the regions of Murcia, Madrid, Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Navarra, and La Rioja.

Pale red, or dark orange, means between 120 and 239.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or between 0.012% and 0.02399% of the population, and covers Asturias, Cantabria, Catalunya, the Balearic Islands, Andalucía, Extremadura, and the Comunidad Valenciana – effectively, all of Spain's coasts apart from Murcia, with the exception of Galicia and the Canary Islands on light orange, meaning 60 to 119.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (0.006% to 0.01199% of the population).



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