Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed that she has received a positive diagnosis for Covid-19.

However, Ms McDonald said she was no longer deemed to be infectious, and hoped to return to work next Monday.

In a statement released this afternoon by Sinn Féin, Ms McDonald said she was tested for Covid-19 on 28 March, and received confirmation yesterday of a positive result for the coronavirus.

The TD for Dublin Central was informed by her public health doctor that she was no longer infected, or infectious, and she said this was a great relief after weeks of feeling unwell.

Deputy McDonald said she had experienced a setback in her recovery last weekend, after developing post-viral pleurisy in her right lung. However, she added she was responding very well to medication and fully expects to be back at work on Monday. 

The party leader said she wanted to express gratitude to the doctors, nurses and carers, express sympathy with every bereaved family, and appealed to everyone to stay safe and stay at home.