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Ireland one of only four EU countries designated Orange in traffic light travel system

By Rory Cashin

November 19, 2020 at 2:41pm

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This has positive implications for anyone travelling from Ireland to other EU countries.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released their updated COVID-19 figures today (Thursday, November 19), and they revealed that Ireland is one of only four EU countries that have been designated Orange in the traffic light travel system.

Under the new traffic light system, all regions are designated green if they have a 14-day rate below 25 and a positivity rate below 4%.

To be designated orange, regions must have a 14-day below 50 if their positivity rate is above 4%, or they can have a 14-day rate as high as 150 if their positivity rate is less than 4%.

All other regions are designated red, except for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which are not testing enough to be included.

At the time of writing, Ireland's positivity rate was 3.8%, meaning that it would be designated Orange, along with Iceland, Finland, and Norway.

According to the latest findings, Ireland also has the third lowest cumulative cases over a 14-days period, with Ireland recording 113.7 per 100,000, behind only Finland (54.5) and Iceland (66.4).

For comparison, the UK is recording 497.1 per 100,o00, while Austria reported 1,083.7 per 100,000.

This could have positive implications for anyone travelling from Ireland to other EU countries, although every country has been asked to set in place their own set of restrictions for passengers arriving from Orange designated countries.

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