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PM Marin returns to work as gov't resumes exit strategy effort

The prime minister returns to a hectic schedule after taking a week off work due to a cold.

Pääministeri Sanna Marin
The Prime Minister also underwent a coronavirus test, which was found to be negative. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced via her Twitter account on Monday that she has returned to work after a week-long sick leave.

The PM initially took three days off work starting from 25 May due to a cold, which was then extended on Thursday until the end of last week. Marin was also tested for coronavirus as a precautionary measure, and the result of the test was negative.

This is the third occasion in just over one month that the prime minister has either taken sick leave or switched to remote working.

In April, Marin went into self-isolation after a member of the prime ministerial residence was found to have been in contact with a person infected with coronavirus.

In early May, all Finland’s ministers switched to remote working after a suspicion that Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen and Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen had come into contact with a person diagnosed with the virus.

In the tweet, Marin wrote (in Finnish) that she has to spare her voice from a "persistent cough", but will otherwise do her job as normal.


Busy week ahead for government

The Prime Minister's return comes at the beginning of a busy week for the government, starting with a meeting on Monday to discuss coronavirus crisis response and recovery at the House of the Estates in Helsinki.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Martti Hetemäki is expected to submit the second part of a report by his exit strategy working group to government ministers at the meeting.

On the basis of the government's subsequent discussion, Hetemäki's working group will prepare a follow-up plan to outline the measures the government intends to take to get Finland back on its feet after the coronavirus crisis.

That plan is expected to be presented to the government during the week beginning 15 June.

This week will also see negotiations begin on a fourth supplementary budget, as well as government plans to provide guidelines on a number of issues, including Finland's position on the EU stimulus fund, the use of masks and foreign tourism.

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