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PM tested coronavirus negative, 2nd test on Monday

Published : 17 Oct 2020, 22:10

  DF Report

Prime Minister Sanna Marin. File Photo: Finnish government by Aaro Taina.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin was tested for coronavirus on her arrival from Brussels on Friday and the result was negative, said a government press release on Saturday afternoon.

The Premier will continue to self-isolate and will be tested again on Monday.

Her period of self-isolation will end, if her second COVID-19 test also comes back negative.

Earlier, on Friday Marin left the European Council meeting in Brussels as a precautionary measure after a lawmaker in the parliament was tested coronavirus positive.

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.

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.