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PM ends quarantine as she tests coronavirus negative

Published : 20 Oct 2020, 15:05

Updated : 21 Oct 2020, 01:08

  DF Report

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Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Photo Finnish government by Laura Kotila.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Tuesday ended her self-quarantine after the result of the second coronavirus test for her was also found negative, said a government press release.

Earlier, Marin was tested for coronavirus on her arrival from Brussels on Friday and the result of the first test was negative.

But she continued to self-isolate until the result of second test and tested again on Monday.

Earlier, on October 16, 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.