Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin leaves EU summit as a precautionary measure for the coronavirus – POLITICO


The Premier of Finland, Sanna Marin | Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva / AFP via Getty Images

Marin is the second leader to leave the European Council because of contact with someone infected with a virus.


Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin left the summit of the European Council in Brussels on Friday after discovering she had been exposed to a Finnish MP infected with the coronavirus.

Ahead of the EU leaders summit that kicked off Thursday, Marin attended a meeting the day before in which she was in close contact with Tom Packalén, a member of the Finnish parliament who later tested positive with the coronavirus.

Marin is the second leader to leave the top as a precaution against the corona virus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen left the summit Thursday afternoon after discovering that one of her employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not even travel to the top after falling into self-isolation earlier this week after contacting someone infected with COVID-19.

Marin asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to represent Finland for the rest of the summit. She will return to Finland immediately and will be doing a coronavirus test. After this, she will go into quarantine at her official residence, known as Kesäranta, according to a government statement.

At the summit, Marin gave a speech supporting the use of video conferencing among EU leaders, arguing that the threshold for holding physical meetings should be higher as the coronavirus pandemic rages in Europe.


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