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Declan Boyle

Declan Boyle

Dr Connor Bamford of Queen’s University

Dr Connor Bamford of Queen’s University

Declan Boyle

Health authorities have said there is no evidence that Covid-19 was spreading in Northern Ireland in the months before the first confirmed case.

It follows reports from people who said they or their relatives had symptoms similar to the virus as far back as December.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, former SDLP councillor Declan Boyle said he believed members of his family could have had the virus before Christmas.