36-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland is under fire after photos surfaced showing her out at a club at 4 a.m. shortly after learning she had come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin has apologised for going clubbing after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 case.https://t.co/v7NzBTFcGm
— Aarti Pole आरती (@aartipole) December 8, 2021
According to Marin, she did know about the close contact but erroneously thought she didn’t need to quarantine. A text message was later sent to her work phone informing Marin of her error, but she left that device at home:
Finland's Prime Minister is 36 years old, went out clubbing till 4am, left her work phone at home and was therefore unreachable to get a text telling her she needed to quarantine. https://t.co/AUYNYtCxsU
— Neri Zilber (@NeriZilber) December 8, 2021
And she has since tested negative for Covid.
Translation: “Due to the infection of Foreign Minister Haavisto, I have applied for a corona test today and the result is negative. I’ll go for another test tomorrow”:
Ulkoministeri Haaviston tartunnan johdosta olen hakeutunut tänään koronatestiin ja sen tulos on negatiivinen. Menen huomenna vielä toiseen testiin.
— Sanna Marin (@MarinSanna) December 5, 2021
The fully-vaccinated Marin is sorry that . . . she put nobody in danger?
Finland's PM Sanna Marin sorry for clubbing after close Covid contact https://t.co/BXe5Qv1TJN
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 8, 2021
And, after all that, she’s back at work:
Prime Minister Sanna Marin met Swedish colleague Magdalena Andersson in Helsinki for discussion on joint interests and cooperation in bilateral & EU-issues. A lot to do in climate policy, forests, strategic autonomy, countering hybrid action #eu @Ulkoministerio @valtioneuvosto https://t.co/CksA6VDrz6
— Jari Luoto (@jariPLuoto) December 8, 2021
She is the COVID-19 hero the world needs right now:
Finland is the world’s happiest nation – and I want to keep it that way, says prime minister https://t.co/LeL0cCu75a
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 5, 2021