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Brazilian variant of virus may already be in NI, warns expert

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Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford

Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford

Queen’s University virologist Dr Connor Bamford

The newly-discovered Brazilian variant of Covid-19 could already be present in Northern Ireland, an expert has said.

Dr Connor Bamford was speaking as three cases of the more-easily transmissible Brazil variant of the virus were formally detected in the Republic of Ireland at the weekend.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the Queen's University virologist explained it was possible such mutations could already be present north of the border and that any easing of restrictions should be done "cautiously" with that in mind.


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