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PM drops out of EC meet on coronavirus fear

Published : 16 Oct 2020, 22:59

Updated : 17 Oct 2020, 01:18

  DF Report

Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Photo Finnish government by Jussi Toivanen.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Friday left the European Council meeting in Brussels as a precautionary measure after a lawmaker in the parliament was tested coronavirus positive, said a government press release.

Earlier on the day, main opposition Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) lawmaker Tom Packalén announced that he had been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

The prime minister was in the same room with Packalén in the joint hearing of the Grand Committee and the Cabinet Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as elsewhere on parliament premises.

Marin requested her Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven to represent Finland for the remainder of the meeting.

Prime Minister Marin will be tested for COVID-19 on her arrival in Finland from Brussels and will then begin self-isolation at Kesäranta, her official residence.

Earlier this month, the prime minister represented Sweden in the previous EC meeting on a request from Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, as the latter was unable to attend the meeting.

This is for the sixth time that Sanna Marin is going to self-isolation, a precautionary measure following possible coronavirus exposure.

Earlier, on 10 September, Marin decided to go for remote working from her official residence in Kesäranta following a possible coronavirus exposure.

On 18 August, the prime minister got tested for COVID-19 following some respiratory symptoms.

On 23 April, Marin went to self-quarantine after a worker of her official residence Kesäranta had become infected with coronavirus. She worked remotely from the Kesäranta as a precautionary measure.

On 25 May, the prime minister took a weeklong sick leave and got tested for COVID-19 after she had developed flu-like symptoms.

On 7 May, all the ministers including the PM started to work remotely, when Social Affairs and Health Minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen and Employment Minister Tuula Haatainen went into self-quarantine after their suspected exposure to coronavirus during government negotiations.

But the tests results were negative.