The Slovenian government called an official end to its coronavirus pandemic on Thursday. With this announcement and after relaxing some borders, Slovenia becomes the first country in Europe to do so. Authorities have confirmed less than 7 cases every day since the last two weeks.
People have started coming to Slovenia after border controls’ relaxation. People now will no longer be required to go into a self-quarantine for at least 7 days. The last severe case occurred in April and after that things are normal in Slovenia.
Slovenia has a population of 2 million that borders with Hungary, Croatia, Italy, and Austria. The country has reported 1,464 coronavirus cases with 103 deaths in total. The epidemic was declared on March 12, but things are back to normal in Slovenia now.
Prime Minister Janez Jansa told parliament that Slovenia has been fighting with the epidemic over the past two months and today Slovenia indicates a better epidemiologic picture in Europe.
The end of this pandemic directs to some more measures including financial aid to firms and citizens that were severely hit by the virus. The Prime Minister also said that the financial aid will be consumed at the end of this month.
The authorities also mentioned that the foreigners who will indicate some signs of the novel virus will not be permitted to enter Slovenian borders. A quarantine of minimum 14 days will remain active for people from non-EU states. However, some diplomats and people transporting cargo will be an exception to the quarantine rules.
Citizens will be monitored on a regular basis. They will have to follow the basic rules to prevent a rapid spread of this new infection. However, the exact details regarding this statement are not explained yet.
Social Distancing and wearing masks are applicable to all the people residing in Slovenia irrespective of citizenship. At least 1.5 meters (5 feet) and disinfecting hands (through sanitizer or liquid soap) while entering any public spaces have become the new normal things in Slovenia.
The schools have been closed since March 15. All sports and cultural institutions, bars, restaurants, shops, hotels, and drug stores were also closed.
The Slovenian government began to ease the lockdown from April 20. Slovenian authorities allowed public transport to be operational in the month of May itself. Schools will be operational from next week along with the café, bars, and hotels with up to 30 rooms