THE PRESIDENT of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, has confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19.
Ms McDonald has said in a statement that yesterday she received a positive diagnosis for a test which she had undertaken on 28 March.
She is no longer infectious and intends to return to work next Monday, she said, after being "very unwell" and suffering a "setback" in her recovery when she developed a pleurisy in her lung.
Ms McDonald went on to thank everyone who had sent her well wishes, and offered her sympathy to the bereaved who have lost loved ones to the virus.
In the statement, Ms McDonald said:
“Yesterday afternoon, I received a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 having been tested on Saturday, 28th March.
“The Public Health Doctor informs me that I am no longer infected or infectious, and this is a great relief after weeks of being very unwell.
“I had a setback in my recovery at the weekend and developed post-viral pleurisy in my right lung. I am on medication and responding very well, and I fully expect to be back at work next Monday.
“My sympathy is with every bereaved family. I am heartbroken for you.
“My appeal to everyone is to stay safe, stay home and stay apart. You do not want to get this virus.
“Thanks to everyone who has asked after me and sent good wishes. Your kindness is much appreciated and I’ll be back next week. There is much work to be done – Ireland must change for the better.”
There had been concerns for Ms McDonald's health at the end of March when she announced she would be unable to attend the Dáil gatherings due to suffering from flu-like symptoms.