Slovenia becomes first country in Europe to be ‘coronavirus free’

Slovenia becomes first country in Europe to be ‘coronavirus free’

The Slovenian government late on May 14 called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first European country to do so, after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks.

After months of onslaught by the coronavirus pandemic which has put global economic activities to a halt, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The government announced that it has been able to contain the virus and has opened their borders to European Union residents.

Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Thursday said Slovenia had been “the most successful country in the EU in dealing with the epidemic”, that the epidemiological situation was now favourable, and the government would now focus on economic issues and recovery following the health crisis.

The National Institute of Public Health, NIJZ, reported that Slovenia had registered only 35 cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and the reproduction rate, which shows how many people once case infects on average, had fallen below 1.

What steps are been taken to adjust to a normal lifestyle?

The government will no longer impose mandatory quarantin for European union residents  except for exceptional cases from People arriving from non-EU countries who will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Social distancing measures and precautionary measures are still in place which implies that a tinge of fear might still be in the air.

The government is reopening schools, businesses and social hubs but public gatherings of over 50 people still remain banned.

The government will end Financial aid to citizens and firms hit by the coronavirus by the end of May.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic in March.