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Slovenia has announced the official end to its COVID-19 health crisis after less than seven new cases were reported each day for two consecutive weeks.
It is the first state in the European Union to declare itself cleared from the pandemic.
The small state, home to a population of two million, had declared a national health crisis on 12th March and has since registered 1,464 positive COVID-19 cases and 103 deaths.
Two months on, the state has began easing the majority of its restrictions. Those arriving in Slovenia from other EU states will no longer need to undergo one week of quarantine but those who show signs of COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to enter the country.
Following the end of the epidemic, financial measures to aid citizens and businesses in Slovenia are now set to expire. However, citizens will still be required to follow authorities’ advice to prevent a resurgence in infections. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and citizens must practice physical distancing.
Since the start of the crisis, the state had ordered the closing of all non-essential shops, schools, cultural institutions, restaurants and hotels. Public transport was also cancelled.
Lockdown measures such as restrictions public transport were eased next week and some students are set to return to schools. All bars, restaurants and small hotels will be allowed to resume this week.