Slovenia on Friday opened its borders after declaring an end to its COVID-19 epidemic, despite new infections still being reported.
“Today Slovenia has the best epidemic situation in Europe, which enables us to call off the general epidemic,” NDTV reported quoting Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
The declaration comes two months after the epidemic was declared.
Slovenia is a mountainous nation with a population of two million and it borders Italy.
As of Thursday, the nation had reported 1,500 COVID-19 cases and 103 deaths.
As the rate of new infections is trailing off, the Slovenian government ordered borders open for all EU citizens.
The non-EU citizens, however, will have to stay in quarantine, the order further stated.
In a statement, the government said, “Since the danger of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains, some general and special measures will remain in force.”
As per the other public gatherings remain banned and social distancing rules and mask-wearing remain mandatory in every public place.
The government, earlier this week, said some shopping centres and hotels would be allowed to reopen next week.
The government further announced that football and all other team competitions could resume from May 23.
Even though the Slovenian government has declared an end to the COVID-19 epidemic, experts, however, clarified that the disease is still present in the country.