How is the risk category per country determined?
The country list gives an indication of the risk level of COVID-19 per country. How this is determined will be explained on this page.
High risk >100 new cases
If the number of new cases per 100.000 inhabitants in a country over the last 14 days is higher than 100 (so, more than 100 new persons are infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days) then this means the country is considered HIGH Risk.
Very high risk > 500 new cases
If the number of new cases per 100.000 inhabitants in a country over the last 14 days is higher than 500 (so, more than 500 NEW persons are infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days) then this means the country is considered VERY HIGH Risk.
Low risk <100 new cases
If the number of new cases per 100.000 inhabitants in a country over the last 14 days is lower than 100 (so, less than 100 new persons are infected with COVID-19) then this means the country is considered LOW Risk.
Very low risk - No active circulation
If there is no active circulation of the virus in the country then this means the country is considered VERY LOW Risk. Example: Statia and Saba and Montserrat.
Does the Government of Statia just 'makes up' these risk levels and statistics?
No, it does not. To determine the risk levels, the Public Entity St. Eustatius makes use of statistics delivered by the European Centre of Disease control : https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en.
This organization and other international institutions have a good overview of the number of infections per country.
And this information is first validated by the Dutch Institute of Public Health https://www.rivm.nl/en on trustworthiness and to determine if certain countries have a certain variant of the virus.
Why is St. Maarten still listed as a High Risk country?
Although the number of new cases in St. Maarten is declining, the island is still above the norm and therefore can not yet move to the Low Risk category. However, if this decrease continues, then St. Maarten will move to the Low Risk category within the next weeks.
Why is the Dominican Republic still listed as a Low Risk country?
Because the amount of NEW cases per 100.000 inhabitants over the past 14 days is LESS than 100 persons. This means they can go to the Low Risk Category.
What about countries such as Peru?
In most South and Central American Countries, the number of cases declined below the norm. Because the DELTA variant is the variant that is dominant now (worldwide) this means that variants in these countries are less of concern.