Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and US Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from President Niinisto’s office stated, “President Niinisto is feeling reasonably well and is continuing to work remotely,”
The 73-year-old head of state was diagnosed with coronavirus on April 19, leading to the postponement of a visit to Nordic neighbour Norway.
The president’s illness comes as Finland’s politicians mull a potential application to join NATO, which would be a historic reversal in policy for the country.
Meanwhile, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence,” said Harris’ press secretary, Kirsten Allen.
“She has not been a close contact to the president or first lady due to their respective recent travel schedules,” Allen said, adding that Harris would “return to the White House when she tests negative.”
Harris, 57, is the latest in a rash of cases sweeping through the Washington elite.
Her husband, Doug Emhoff, came down with COVID in March, although Harris herself remained negative.
As infections from the virulent, but dramatically less dangerous, Omicron variant of the coronavirus mount, the White House has publicly aired the possibility of the 79-year-old Biden testing positive — while downplaying any potential fallout.
“It is certainly possible that he will test positive for COVID, and he is vaccinated, he is boosted and protected from the most severe strains of the virus,” White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said earlier this month.
High-profile cases in Washington recently include White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who contracted COVID in March and also last year, as well as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who comes after Harris in the line of succession to the presidency.