Prime Minister Marin left the European Council meeting in Brussels early because she may have been exposed to the coronavirus in Finland.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) before a government meeting in Helsinki on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) before a government meeting in Helsinki on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Finns Party MP Tom Packalén has tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, the Parliament’s communication department informed Finland Today on Friday.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) was present in the same room as Packalén in a hearing of the Grand Committee and the Cabinet Foreign Affairs Committee in the Parliament Building.

Marin wore a face mask in the meeting and she kept a safe distance to other attendees.

According to Marin, she has also randomly met Packalén in an elevator queue and, for example, in the hallway. It is unclear if Marin wore a face mask on those occasions.

For this reason, Marin has left the European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday and has asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to represent Finland for the remainder of the meeting.

Prime Minister Marin will immediately return to Finland, where she will be tested for Covid-19. She will then begin self-isolating at the prime minister’s official residence, Kesäranta, and after 72 hours she will take another corona test as according to the safety procedure.