Slovenia begins easing border controls after becoming the first European country to call an end to its epidemic.

The Slovenian government is calling 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.

People now arriving in Slovenia from other European Union states will no longer be obliged to go into quarantine for at least seven days as was the case from early April, the government says in a statement. But a 14-day quarantine remains in place for people from non-EU states.

Citizens will still have to follow basic rules to prevent a possible spread of infection, the government says, without elaborating. People have been required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, stand at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) apart and disinfect hands upon entering public spaces.

The country of two million people has so far reported 1,464 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths.