Gardaí are also investigating reports of a man coughing into the face of an elderly couple in Co Kildare.

A teenage boy has been arrested in Waterford in connection with an investigation into people coughing on others on purpose.

He was picked up for a public order offence in Dungarvan on Monday.

Separately, a nurse says a group of teenagers surrounded and coughed on her while she was out for a run in Clontarf in Dublin.

Gardaí are also investigating reports of a man coughing into the face of an elderly couple in Co Kildare.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan advised that gardaí have the power to act on the commended social media trend called the ‘corona challenge’.

”I don’t come from a totalitarian or authoritarian perspective here because the gardai are there to help, assist, support and advise,” he said.

”But if more is needed we have the law and that’s why the dáil sat last week to give emergency powers in terms of assisting gardaí to enforce the new regime should they deem it necessary.”