Slovenia Proclaims End to Epidemic

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Slovenia has become the first European country to proclaim an end to the coronavirus epidemic. Slovenian PM Janez Jansa said Friday the virus spread is under control and there is no longer a need for extraordinary health measures.

There have been less than 7 new registered cases in the past two weeks in Slovenia, which lead the government to believe it was time to end lockdown restrictions on the Slovenian territory. Consequently, Ljubljana’s airport has been reopened early Friday morning and primary and elementary schools are to reopen next week.

The government says EU residents are free to cross into Slovenia from Austria, Italy and Hungary at predetermined checkpoints, while most non-EU nationals will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in what is a major step for the small European country as it accelerates the easing of restrictions, Tgcom24 states.

For Italians crossing the border of Slovenia to return to Italy 14 days of quarantine remain mandatory. However, these rules might change within the next few days as more restrictions are expected to be lifted or loosened throughout Italy starting next week.

By In Trieste

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