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14th Apr 2020

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

James Fenton

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed that she tested positive for Covid-19 after taking a test on Saturday, March 28.

Mary Lou McDonald issued a statement this morning in which she confirmed that she tested positive for Covid-19. She outlined that she is no longer infected and that is a ‘great relief after weeks of being unwell.’

In the statement, 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.’

She added that ‘my thoughts and solidarity are with everyone who is sick at this time and my gratitude is with the 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.’

McDonald also thanked well-wishers and stated that she hopes to return to work next Monday.