Mary Lou McDonald confirms she has tested positive for Covid-19 6 months ago

Mary Lou McDonald confirms she has tested positive for Covid-19

McDonald was tested on 28 March.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

McDonald confirmed on Tuesday that she received a positive diagnosis on Easter Monday (13 April), having been tested for the virus on 28 March.

McDonald said she has been informed she is no longer infected or infectious, something she said came as “a great relief after weeks of being unwell”.

The Sinn Féin President said she had a setback in her recovery over the weekend but is responding well to treatment and fully expects to be back at work next Monday.

McDonald’s statement can be read in full below.

"Yesterday afternoon, I received a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 having been tested on Saturday, 28 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 thoughts and solidarity are with everyone who is sick at this time, and my gratitude is with our Doctors, nurses, carers and everyone who looks after us.

"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."