Stephen Donnelly started experiencing COVID-19 tokens on Tuesday afternoon before being tested for the disease. The speaker of the household said “the cabinet must self-isolate” due to the “very serious” nature of the episode. The Dail, Ireland’s parliament, will be suspended for a week. Sean O’ Fearghail, the keynoter of the lower house, told parliament: “Arising out of events today, the advisors must now self-isolate.
“Therefore, the possibility of proceeding with business does not come up and the house stands adjourned until Tuesday next or until I am charged (by the prime minister).”
State broadcaster RTE reported that Mr Donnelly had requested a COVID-19 analysis on Tuesday afternoon.
The country’s acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has also accorded into isolation, according to reports.
A spokesperson for Mr Donnelly told TheJournal.ie: “The clergywoman for health began to feel unwell this afternoon.
“He contacted his GP and has been referred for a COVID-19 examine.
“As per public health guidance, he is now self-isolating.”
On Tuesday Ireland reported 357 brand-new infections.
This marked a significant jump from the daily undistinguished of 203 over the previous week.
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The press congress came hours before three further COVID-19 deaths were joined to the country’s overall tally.
The fatalities take Ireland’s coronavirus demise toll to 1,787.
There have been a total of 31,549 confirmed chests of COVID-19.
Sinn Fein TD for Kildare North, Reada Cronin, reviled the government’s “double standards” when it comes to handling cases of coronavirus.
Ms Cronin tweeted: “I craving the cabinet ministers are ok but there are real double standards here.
“Min feels unwell so whole kit cabinet to self-isolate and #Dáil suspended.
“Meanwhile schools remain set up and parents of other students kept in the dark if pupil tests undeniable.
“Two-tier #Covid19 Ireland.”
Reports suggest journalists who attended the horde briefing have not yet been told to self-isolate.
Aoife Grace Moore, public correspondent for the Irish Examiner, said: “Journalists who were at the press briefing today with Stephen Donnelly for once more an hour have contacted the Department to ask if they too need to self-isolate and there is no lawful response from the Department as of yet.”
Tuesday’s developments came after Ireland’s legate for climate action, communication networks and transport, Eamon Ryan, had already gone into self-isolation.
A colleague of his household is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.