Entire Irish Cabinet self-isolates in coronavirus false alarm
The health minister is awaiting a coronavirus test result.
Every member of the Irish Cabinet briefly self-isolated Tuesday after a minister fell ill.
Stephen Donnelly, the minister for health, told colleagues he was feeling unwell following a full meeting of the Cabinet Tuesday morning. He later tested negative for COVID-19.
A spokesman for the Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin — who self-isolated alongside his ministers — confirmed the government had accepted the advice of Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn to avoid unnecessary social contact.
The house speaker Seán Ó Fearghaíl originally told members the lower house of the Irish legislature would be adjourned for the rest of the week. He said from the chair that “there is no possibility of transacting business” with the Cabinet in isolation. However, the parliament later reconvened, with questions being fielded by junior ministers.
The news of Cabinet isolation came as a surprise to at least two of their number. The Irish Times reported that Justice Minister Helen McEntee had to be informed during a broadcast interview, while another said the move was “news to me.”
Earlier Tuesday, Martin introduced new coronavirus measures as part of a new “Plan for living with COVID-19” at a press conference in Dublin.
He also told reporters that “current COVID numbers in Dublin are very worrying,” as he introduced new restrictions in the capital including prohibiting meetings between people from more than two households.
This article has been updated with more information.