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Finnish PM Sanna Marin leaves EU summit as coronavirus precaution

Friday 16/October/2020 - 12:44 PM
The Reference

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

Prior to the EU leaders' summit that began Thursday, Marin attended a meeting the previous day in which she was 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 summit as a coronavirus precaution. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen left the summit on Thursday afternoon after finding out that a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not even travel to the summit after going into self-isolation earlier this week following contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

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

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