EU summit crisis: Finnish PM leaves to self-isolate after chatting closely to EU leaders

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The Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has left the European Union summit in Brussels as a “precautionary measure”. Ms Marin tweeted that she was flying back home to undergo a coronavirus test. She is just the latest European Union leader to leave the two-day summit in Brussels after a coronavirus scare.

This comes less than 24 hours after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was also forced to leave the summit.

Ms von der Leyen left shortly after the EU meeting began after it emerged that one of her close staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

Ms Marin tweeted this morning: “I left the European Council meeting as a precautionary measure and asked the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to represent the Finnish end of the meeting time.”

The Finnish PM discovered that she had been in the same room as Finnish MP Tom Packalen who was later tested positive for the coronavirus.


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