Slovenia has declared an end to its coronavirus epidemic, opening its borders to European Union citizens and scrapping a requirement for a 7-day quarantine for arrivals. However, measures implemented to slow the virus from spreading will remain. Some of those restrictions will continue through the end of the month.
Slovenia registered its first coronavirus case on March 4. It imposed emergency measures just over a week later, on March 12. Data from its National Institute for Public Health revealed that the nation, with a population of around 2 million recorded a total of 1,465 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths as of May 14. 35 cases of coronavirus had been recorded in the last 14 days. It also noted a reproductive rate below one.
Slovenia also announced all other team competitions could resume from May 23.
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Earlier this week, the government said some shopping centers and hotels would be allowed to reopen next week. Public gatherings remain banned while social distancing rules and wearing of mask remain mandatory in public spaces.
Even with the declaration, infectious diseases expert Mateja Logar claimed that the disease was still present in the country.
“No other European state has so far declared the epidemic was over so we should be cautious in Slovenia too, The virus remains present.” Logar added.
There are 4.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. More than 300,000 lives have been claimed globally, and more than 1.5 million people diagnosed with the virus have recovered. The United States has the highest number of cases, followed by Russia and the United Kingdom.