All members of Ireland's cabinet are restricting their movements while awaiting COVID-19 tests after Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue contracted the virus, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.
Ireland has one of the lowest incidence rates of COVID-19 in Europe but cases are now rising at a rate of 10% a day after a sudden surge that health chiefs say represents a third wave of infections.
The cabinet last met early on Tuesday when they decided to shut restaurants, pubs and some shops on Christmas Eve in a sharp tightening of restrictions that ministers said could last for at least two months.
McConalogue is showing no symptoms and is self-isolating in line with public health guidelines, a spokesman for the minister said. (Reuters)