Ljubljana: Slovenia has become the first European country to proclaim an end to the coronavirus epidemic at home. The European Union state”s government said Friday the COVID-19 spread is under control and there is no longer a need for extraordinary health measures. Also Read - Imran Khan Says it Was 'Mistake' to Enforce Strict Lockdown Even as COVID-19 Cases Cross 72,000-mark

The government says EU residents are free to cross into Slovenia from Austria, Italy and Hungary at predetermined checkpoints, while most non-EU nationals will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in what is a major step for the small Alpine country as it accelerates the easing of restrictions. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 2361 Cases, 76 Deaths in 24 Hours; Total Tally Crosses 70,000-mark

The first coronavirus case in Slovenia was recorded on March 4, a returnee from neighboring Italy. The nationwide epidemic was proclaimed on March 12. Also Read - LaLiga to Pay Tribute to Heroes of COVID-19 During Every Match

By May 13, there were 1,467 confirmed cases and 103 deaths in Slovenia.