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Hundreds of skiers hit the slopes at Slovenia's highest ski resort on Sunday after it reopened following a coronavirus lockdown that lasted nearly two months.

People ski on the slopes of Kanin after the Slovenian government called an official end to the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kanin, Slovenia, May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

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17 May 2020 11:46PM

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KANIN, Slovenia: Hundreds of skiers hit the slopes at Slovenia's highest ski resort on Sunday after it reopened following a coronavirus lockdown that lasted nearly two months.

Slovenia became the first European country on Thursday to declare an official end to its coronavirus epidemic.

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The small mountainous country of around two million people has so far reported 1,466 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths. Slovenes still have to respect social distancing and are obliged to wear face masks in indoor public spaces as well as disinfect their hands when entering such areas.

There were about 200 skiers at the Kanin resort on Sunday morning, with up to 300 expected during the whole day. The resort lies in western Slovenia, close to the border with Italy, and boasts a snow cover of at least 3.5 meters depth at present.

"Unique, fantastic, the weather, the snow, the silence, the air, being free," said Barbara and Franci, a couple from the capital Ljubljana.

Slovenia started easing its lockdown measures on April 20. Public transport resumed on May 11 and Read More – Source