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Ex President Ahtisaari tested coronavirus positive

Published : 24 Mar 2020, 10:51

Updated : 24 Mar 2020, 23:27

  DF Report

Former President Martti Ahtisaari. Photo Credit Tomas Whitehouse, CMI.

Former President Martti Ahtisaari has been diagnosed with coronavirus infection, said a press release issued by the President Office on Tuesday.

The laboratorial test took place on Monday found the former President infected with the disease.

He, however, is said to be doing well under the circumstances.

Earlier, the President office on Saturday reported that the wife of the former President, Eeva Ahtisaari was tested coronavirus positive.

The former first lady, who is 82 years old is said to be doing well.

Eeva attended a concert marking the International Women's Day in Helsinki on March 8, where one participant had tested positive for coronavirus.

“My father Martti has also tested positive for #COVID19 after my mother was diagnosed three days ago. Both are doing reasonably well considering the circumstances. Thank you for all of the well-wishes,” said Marko Ahtisaari, son of the former President in a twitter post on Tuesday morning.

Ahtisaari, also a Nobel Laureate, was the 10th President of the country and served from 1994 to 2000. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his contribution in international conflict resolution.

He is also the founder of a non-profit organization Crisis Management Initiative, which works for mediation and conflict resolution.