This Is The First European Country To Declare An End To Coronavirus
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This Is The First European Country To Declare An End To Coronavirus

Europe , Croatia , Italy
Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin May 21, 2020

Europe was, at one point, the global hot spot for the coronavirus. But as the world starts to emerge from the pandemic, countries in the region are slowly starting to reopen their borders and begin the processes of rebuilding.

Solvenia became the first European country to declare the coronavirus pandemic under control after recording single-digit daily cases for two weeks. This means that EU visitors will no longer have to self- quarantine for seven days when entering the central European country.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia | Marius Roman | Getty Images

“Slovenia has tamed the epidemic over the past two months,” said Prime Minister Janez Jansa. He also added that the country “has the best epidemiologic picture in Europe.” Before quarantine measures were lifted on May 15, the country had recorded 1,464 cases and 103 deaths.

In addition to a slowdown in the number of daily cases, the rate of reproduction, known as ‘R’, is now below 1, meaning an infected person on average will transmit the virus to less than one person.

Before you start researching best vacation spots in Slovenia, currently, visitors from outside of the EU will still be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine phase upon entering the country. These measures are in line with other European countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain.

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According to AFAR, “across the country, life is tentatively finding the new normal. Public transport has resumed after an eight-week hiatus; hotels, stores, and restaurants are reopening; and public gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed.”

Slovenia, which neighbors Italy, Austria, and Croatia is a stunning, mountainous country best known for its lake, natural beauty, and growing food scene. Many visitors can attest that Slovenia’s Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe. Only time will tell when we can start planning European travel again, but Slovenia is certainly a country worth adding to your travel wish list.