Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin Apologizes for Clubbing Despite COVID-19 Exposure

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin issued an apology this week for going clubbing after being exposed to a COVID-19 case.

Marin came under criticism after gossip magazine Seiska published photos of her attending a Helsinki nightclub with friends on Dec. 4 until 4 a.m. local time, hours after Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto tested positive for COVID-19.

Marin issued an apology on Facebook on Dec. 6, saying that she “should have used better consideration on Saturday night.”

“I’m really sorry that I didn’t understand how to do this,” Marin wrote.

Marin said in the post, which has been translated from Finnish to English, that she had initially been told no special measures were needed after coming into close contact with a COVID-19 case because she was fully vaccinated.

However, Marin further wrote that she later received further instructions on her work phone, which she left at home, that said she should avoid social contact and get tested.

Marin said she saw the text message about avoiding social contact and getting tested the day after clubbing.

Marin said that after seeing the text message, she immediately got a test, which came back negative.

Marin apologized again for her actions on Dec. 8, telling reporters in parliament that she took personal responsibility for the lack of information.

Under Finland’s COIVD-19 guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated do not need to go into quarantine after being exposed with a positive case, but they do advise people to voluntarily avoid social contact while waiting for test results.

According to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Finland also has separate guidelines for government ministers and employees, which recommend limiting social contact immediately after being exposed.

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