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Prime Minister Marin tests negative for Covid-19 and returns to work

The head of the Finnish government rushed back from Brussels last Friday after learning that an MP from the True Finns party (Perussuomalaiset) had tested positive.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin during a press conference at the Finnish Permanent Representation in the EU. Photo: @FinlandinEU/File photo.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin during a press conference at the Finnish Permanent Representation in the EU. Photo: @FinlandinEU/File photo.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin again tested negative for coronavirus and ended her period of isolation.

The head of the Finnish government rushed back from Brussels last Friday, where she had gone to participate in the European Council that discussed Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic - among other issues -, after learning that an MP from the True Finns party (Perussuomalaiset) had tested positive.

Government then said she had left the summit as a "precautionary measure" due to her possible exposure, since she was sharing the same space in Parliament with the MP who contracted the virus.

However, instead of going into self-isolation in Brussels, Marin decided to travel back to Finland and self-isolate at her official residence in Kesäranta.

Koronavilkku alert

A test was done upon arrival, which was negative, and a second test three days later confirmed that she did not have the disease. Therefore, according to the rules established for people arriving from countries with higher incidence of the virus, she can leave self-isolation and return to work.

Marin has undergone several coronavirus tests this year after alleged exposures to the disease. The last one was on 12 September, after receiving an alert through the Finnish disease tracking app (Koronavilkku).

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