Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has apologized for going out to a nightclub after coming into contact with Covid-infected person in her office, citing a misunderstanding of the rules as the cause of her mishap.
In a lengthy explanation posted on Facebook on Monday, Marin, 36, explained that she was aware of her foreign secretary Pekka Haavisto’s positive Covid-19 test but, being fully vaccinated, she enjoyed a Saturday night out with her husband and friends.
Marin stated that she received a text from her workplace recommending Marin not to contact social contacts and instead order a test. Even though her test results were negative, the PM said that she was able to make a better decision on Saturday.
“It’s a pity that I didn’t understand why I was asked to do it.” Marin wrote.
Fully-vaccinated people in Finland are not required to self-isolate after being exposed to a Covid-positive person, but they are advised to avoid social contact until they get a negative test result – something many said Marin should have done to set an example.
Marin’s statement followed backlash from opposition and social media users reacting to photos of her captured during the night out, taken hours after her minister’s diagnosis had been confirmed.
Many also remained unconvinced by her apologies, with one commenter wondering why “A person of this level requires guidance about something as basic as it is” and adding that common sense has become “A disappearing resource.”