The increase in coronavirus infections and the feeling of lack of control throughout the continent to stop the pandemic they have forced the European Commission to react on a continental level this Monday. His proposal is to isolate areas with a cumulative incidence of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.
This would be a total restriction of freedom of movement in much of Europe, and this request or recommendation is expected to be implemented in the Member States within hours or days. In Spain, this would affect the vast majority of Spanish communities, since they exceed the established limit.
The only reason to be able to travel would be an exceptional cause. For now the current recommendation, which is the one made last October, established a confinement for those who exceed 150 cases, so that is a considerable increase. The reason is clear, an increase in cases also caused by the new strains.
How does it affect Spain?
In our country, with the latest data announced by the Ministry of Health, few communities could be left out of this restriction, since a large part exceeds those 500 cases of accumulated incidence. Only the Canary Islands, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Navarra would not be confined and could continue traveling.
Residents of other areas They could not travel from there to the rest of Europe, and in the same way they cannot receive travelers as long as the set threshold is still exceeded.
The Spanish average incidence is 800 cases, and there are communities that double or triple the figure of 500. For example, Extremadura has an incidence of 1,448 cases, followed by Murcia (1,332), Valencian Community (1,245), Castilla y León (1,215), La Rioja (1,208) and Castilla-La Mancha (1,158).
This is the text proposed by the European Union
“Member States should strongly discourage non-essential travel to and from areas classified as dark red”, this color being the one used for a new category created and that identifies areas that exceed 500 cumulative incidence cases in 14 days.
“The rules may vary, but the main recommendation in these areas is not to travel”, Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for the Interior, explained at a press conference. Member States should provide travelers received the possibility of taking a test, in addition to the quarantine that they would have to comply with.
Regarding the exceptions handled within that essential character, the transport of goods and essential services performed by cross-border workers would be allowed. For the first, it is planned to leave a lane system open at the borders.
Furthermore, the Commission considers that the affected states should adopt, maintain or reinforce non-pharmaceutical interventions, which would include staying at home or the closure of some businesses temporarily.