Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

In a tweet this morning, Ms McEntee said she was recently tested and has received a positive result for the coronavirus.

She added that "in line with our HSE guidance I am isolating. I am continuing to carry out my duties by working remotely including attending Cabinet".

Ms McEntee announced in early December that she was pregnant and is due her baby in May.

Today, Ms McEntee addressed this and said that the information the Health Service Executive has shows that pregnant women or their babies are not at a higher risk if they get Covid-19.

The minister urged everyone to "follow public health advice and stay at home.

"If you think you're developing symptoms no matter how small, act as though you have Covid.

"We all know the seriousness of the situation. We must protect our health system and our most vulnerable."

Minister McEntee did not attend yesterday's Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19, but participated remotely.

Her positive diagnosis therefore does not affect how Government functions.

On 23 December, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue announced he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The minister had a test carried out the day before, which returned positive after an earlier test following his return from Brussels had shown a negative result.