The recent surge in the number of Covid-19 cases has again put Malta on the European Union’s red list.
In its weekly update on Covid-19 cases across Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has put Malta as a red country after the 14-day case notification rate shot up to 122 and the positivity rate climbed to 4.0.
A country is classified as red if the notification rate falls between 75 and 200 and the positivity rate is higher than four.
The weekly map is part of the European Council’s recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel measures in the EU.
Countries with the best rates are classified as green, followed by those in orange, then red, and dark red for countries which are worst hit.
The European Commission has previously advised member states to discourage travel to and from ‘red’ countries.
The classification is delayed by a week, meaning the data used is that for the period July 5 to July 11, suggesting it is unlikely Malta makes it off the list in the coming weeks since the number of new cases has continued to increase in recent days.
Malta has seen a rapid surge in active virus cases, up from 23 three weeks ago to more than 1,800 on Sunday.