Slovenia opened its borders on Friday after declaring its coronavirus epidemic to end, although new infections were still being reported.
"Today Slovenia has the best epidemic in Europe that will allow us to end the general epidemic," said Prime Minister Janez Jansa two months after the epidemic was declared.
The mountain nation with two million inhabitants, which borders Italy, reported around 1,500 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths on Thursday.
However, given the slowing rate of new infections, the government ordered that the borders remain open to all EU citizens, while non-EU citizens must remain in quarantine.
"As the risk of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues, some general and special measures remain in force," says a statement that uses a technical term for COVID-19 disease.
Public gatherings remain banned, while social distance rules and wearing masks in public spaces remain mandatory.
Earlier this week the government announced that some malls and hotels could reopen next week.
It was also announced that football and all other team competitions could resume from May 23.
Although Slovenia apparently declared an end to the epidemic, experts made it clear that the disease was still present in the country.
"No other European country has said the epidemic is over, so we should be careful in Slovenia too," Mateja Logar, an infectious disease expert, told public television Thursday.
"The virus remains," added Logar.
The announcement of the end of the epidemic meant, according to Public Radio Slovenija, that the government has avoided automatically extending the first set of economic measures approved to support the population and businesses until the end of June.
These measures will now be in effect by the end of May.
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