The number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise in recent weeks, putting Malta back on the EU’s red travel list.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publishes a weekly map that categorizes each country by the number of cases and positive rate found the previous week. It’s part of the European Council’s call for a more coordinated approach to EU travel policies.
Malta was designated as a red country on the most recent map, which was released on Thursday, after the 14-day case notification rate increased to 122 and the positivity rate increased to 4.08. If the notification rate is between 75 and 200 and the positive rate is greater than four, a country is designated as red.
Green countries have the best rates, followed by orange countries, and finally red countries. The countries that have been struck the hardest are listed in dark red.
Member states have previously been instructed by the European Commission to discourage travel to and from ‘red’ nations.