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Former President, first lady recovering from Covid-19

Eeva Ahtisaari tested positive for the virus on 21 March, while her husband was diagnosed a few days later.

Presidentti Martti Ahtisaari ja Eeva Ahtisaari.
Former President Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva in a file photo from 2012. Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle
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Former President Martti Ahtisaari and his wife Eeva are said to be recovering from Covid-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus.

On Tuesday, a statement from the Office of the President indicated that samples from both patients came back negative for the virus and that they were continuing their recovery.

The office broke the news that 83-year-old Eeva Ahtisaari was diagnosed with the disease on 21 March and later revealed on 24 March that the former president, 82, also tested positive.

Ahtisaari was Finland's 10th President and held office from 1994 - 2000. He is also a Nobel Laureate, having won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work in international conflict resolution.

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