İrem UZUN -TDO- Slovenia, a small country which has a population of two million people, has become the first European country to proclaim an end to the coronavirus epidemic at home. The government said on Friday the COVID-19 spread is under control and there is no longer a need for extraordinary health measures.
The end of epidemic means some measures, including financial aid to citizens and firms hit by the coronavirus, will expire at the end of May. The first coronavirus case in Slovenia was recorded on March 4 in a citizen coming from Italy. The nationwide epidemic was declared on March 12. In a statement, government said people arriving in Slovenia from other European Union states will no longer be obligated to go into a quarantine for at least seven days. However, foreign citizens who show signs of coronavirus infection will still not be allowed to enter the country. Public transport started working earlier this week, while children will return to schools next week. Bars, restaurants and small hotels up to 30 rooms will also be allowed to open next week.
Still, Slovenian citizens have to follow social distancing rules, wear masks and use disinfectants in public spaces. Country reported 1,464 COVID-19 positive cases and 103 deaths in total.