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Finland’s prime minister came under sustained criticism on Tuesday after it was revealed she had stayed out until the early morning hours of the weekend knowing she had been exposed to Covid-19 , reports AFP.

Sanna Marin, 36, apologized on Monday after gossip magazine Seiska posted photos of her dancing at a Helsinki nightclub with friends on Saturday night until nearly 4 a.m., hours after his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka haavisto, tested positive for coronavirus.

“My husband and I … had gone out to eat, were shopping in town, had seen some friends and had also spent some time [enjoying] evening and nightlife, ”the Social Democratic leader wrote on Facebook.

She added that an official told her that coronavirus guidelines did not require her to self-isolate, despite having come into contact with an infected person.

“I should have used better judgment and rechecked the advice that was given to me. I’m so sorry I didn’t understand I had to do this, ”Marin wrote.

A poll commissioned by the MTV3 television channel found that two-thirds of those polled thought Marin’s night was a “big mistake.”

Opposition parties have also criticized Marin for potentially violating official Covid guidelines and for missing a subsequent text warning him to self-isolate.

The Minister of Finance, Annika saarikko, from the Center Party, a partner of the ruling coalition, did not directly criticize Marin.

However, Saarikko told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper that she was “glad to be home” when she received the text message to isolate herself, adding that she had canceled her plans for the next day.

Finland has supported some of the Europe the lowest incidences of the virus throughout the pandemic, recording more than 196,000 cases and 1,384 deaths in the country of 5.5 million.

However, infections have now reached an all-time high, with 308 new cases per 100,000 population in the past fifteen weeks. The country has also registered eight cases of the Omicron variant.


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