Finland's prime minister apologized on Monday for partying in nightclubs over the weekend just hours after she came into contact with her foreign minister, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Sanna Marin, 36, said she was initially told she did not need to isolate because Finland's COVID-19 guidelines do not require vaccinated residents to quarantine after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. However, she was later told through a text to avoid social contact, which she did not see until she got home after 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, according to the BBC.
"I am very sorry for not understanding that I needed to do that," Marin wrote in a Facebook post.
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Marin said she did not see the message telling her to stay home because the message was sent to her work phone, which she claimed she left at home. Upon reading the message, she quickly conducted a COVID-19 test, with the result returning negative, the outlet reported.
Though Finland's COVID-19 guidelines do not require residents to isolate if they are fully vaccinated, it is still encouraged to avoid social contact as they wait to receive COVID-19 test results. Separate guidelines for government ministers and employees also recommend limiting social contact immediately after exposure, according to the outlet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Finland as having a high level of COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 578 new cases of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.
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In Finland, 4,287,544 residents have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 4,028,745 fully vaccinated, according to the organization.