Irish Politician Says Child's School Closed After 1st Coronavirus Case in Country

The leader of Ireland’s Sinn Fein political party, Mary Lou McDonald, posted footage on March 2 in which she said her children’s school had been closed because of the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in Ireland.

Ireland’s Health Service Executive confirmed on Sunday that a person has tested positive for the virus in the east of the country and that a secondary school had been closed for the 14-day incubation period.

It was quickly reported that the school was in Dublin.

McDonald said she would cancel a number of meetings as a result of her children being at home.

“This is a worrying time for families and for the staff at the school,” McDonald said. “Particularly for the family of the person affected, and we wish them a very, very speedy recovery.” Credit: Sinn Fein via Storyful