(NOTE: The coronavirus semaphore will be updated, from now on, on Mondays and Thursdays, with the publication of the Health Department bulletin)
The Department of Health of the Basque Government has modified the way to show the colored traffic light, which serves to classify municipalities in gravity function of the incidence of covid-19 in the BAC. Thus, from now on municipalities with a rate higher than 150 are considered red, regardless of their population.
In this context, the city councils of 119 municipalities Basque Autonomous Community must assess whether to suspend or delay those activities in which preventive health measures cannot be maintained; 12 in Álava, 41 in Bizkaia and 66 in Gipuzkoa.
Álava becomes orange territory132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). The localities in red, for their part, are 12: Asparrena, Barrundia, Bernedo, Campezo, Elburgo,
Elciego, Kuartango, Lapuebla de Labarca, Salvatierra, Samaniego, Urkabustaiz and Zuia.
Four locations are located in the orange zone, among them, the capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz; three in yellow and 32 in green.
Bizkaia has passed into the red zone with 151 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In this same area are 41 municipalities: Abadiño, Alonsotegi,
Amorebieta-Etxano, Amoroto, Arantzazu, Arrieta, Artea, Atxondo, Barrika, Basauri, Bedia, Berango, Bermeo, Berriatua, Berriz, Durango, Elorrio, Ermua, Etxebarri, Forua, Gamiz-Fika, Gatika, Gautegiz Arteaga, Gernika-Lumo , Iurreta, Izurtza, Larrabetzu, Lekeitio, Lemoa, Loiu, Mallabia, Markina-Xemein, Mendata, Mendexa, Mungia, Ondarroa, Portugalete, Sondika, Sukarrieta, Valle de Trápaga, Zalla and Zeberio.
Bilbao and 15 more locations are in the orange zone, 10 in yellow and all the others in green.
Gipuzkoa is the territory most punished (with 396 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), and has moved to the Red zone. 66 locations are in the red zone: Aia, Aizarnazabal, Alegia, Albiztur, Amezketa, Andoain, Anoeta, Antzuola, Aretxabaleta, Arrasate / Mondragón, Asteasu, Astigarraga, Ataun, Azkoitia, Azpeitia, Beasain, Beizama, Belauntza, Berastegi, Bergara, Eibar, Elduain, Elgeta, Elgo Errenteria, Errezil, Eskoriatza, Ezkio-Itsaso, Gaztelu, Getaria, Hernani, Hernialde, Hondarribia, Ibarra, Ikaztegieta, Irun, Irura, Lasarte-Oria, Lazkao, Legazpi, Legorreta, Lezo, Lizartza, Mendaro, Mutiloa, Mutriku, Olaberria, Oñati, Ordizia, Orio, Ormaiztegi, Pasaia, Saint Sebastian, Segura, Soraluze-Placencia de las Armas, Tolosa, Urnieta, Urretxu, Usurbil, Villabona, Zaldibia, Zarautz, Zegama, Zerain, Zestoa, Zizurkil and Zumarraga.
Only three municipalities are in orange, one in yellow and 18 in green.
The covid-19 traffic light is an adaptation of the color map approved by the European Union (EU) and which includes the cumulative incidence rate in the last 14 days.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.