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15 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Slovenia becomes first European country to declare end to its epidemic

By Samuel Horti

Slovenia has become the first European country to declare an end to its coronavirus pandemic, and has opened up its borders to neighbouring countries.

The nation has reported just 35 cases over the past two weeks. In total, it has recorded 1,467 cases and 103 deaths.

Visitors from Austria, Italy and Hungary can now cross at predetermined checkpoints, and will not be quarantined if they are asymptomatic. Most non-EU nationals will still have to enter a 14-day quarantine. 

Prime Minister Janez Jansa said the country had “the best epidemiological status in Europe”, although Montenegro has reported no new cases for more than a week. 

As well as ending restrictions, the government will stop providing emergency aid to businesses and individuals at the end of the month.

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