Declan Donnelly pictured for the first time since catching Covid

Declan Donnelly pictured for the first time since catching Covid

Declan Donnelly is pictured for the first time since Covid forced him to miss his NTAs win as he enjoys a family morning at the park with wife Ali and their two children

Declan Donnelly has been pictured for the first time since he revealed he had caught Covid and was forced to miss the National Television Awards on Thursday night.  

Keeping a low profile, the TV presenter spent his Sunday morning at the park with his wife Ali and their two children.

He was snapped holding cups of takeaway coffee and pushing his daughter Isla on her trike.

Reappearance: Declan Donnelly has been pictured for the first time since he revealed he had caught Covid and was forced to miss the National Television Awards on Thursday night.

Casual: Keeping a low profile, the TV presenter spent his Sunday morning at the park with his wife Ali and their two children

Cutting a casual figure, Dec wore a black Saint Laurent hoodie and a black quilted Prada gilet to keep him warm on the chilly October morning.

He wore a pair of black tracksuit bottoms and and comfy grey and white trainers.

He was focused on his phone at times and looked serious as he got back into the work zone after time off sick. 

Dec and his wife Ali Alstall welcomed another member to their family with the birth of their baby boy Jack Anthony Alphonsus in July.


Work mode: He was focused on his phone at times and looked serious as he got back into the work zone after time off sick

The newborn child’s name is in part a tribute to Dec’s long-term presenting partner Ant McPartlin and his Northern Irish father, Alphonsus Donnelly, who passed away in 2011 after battling cancer.

News of the birth came after the TV personality, 46, grieved the loss of his Roman Catholic priest brother Dermott following his unexpected death at the age of 55 on July 8.

Earlier this week, Dec and his TV partner-in-crime Ant McPartlin confirmed they tested positive for Covid-19 after being forced to pull out of attending the National Television Awards and Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician.

Designer: Cutting a casual figure, Dec wore a black Saint Laurent hoodie and a black quilted Prada gilet to keep him warm on the chilly October morning

The TV duo took to Instagram to share a photo of their lateral flow test results, showing they were both positive.

The pair, who have won best presenter at the NTAs for 20 consecutive years, confirmed MailOnline’s exclusive by telling their followers: ‘Sadly, it’s true’. 

Alongside the snap they posted on social media, they penned: ‘Sadly it’s true… we even get ill together!’ 

Family time: To accessorise he wore a khaki green ‘LA’ baseball cap and kept a pair of black sunglasses on the neck of his jumper (pictured pushing his daughter Isla on her trike)

Smiles: Dec looked in good spirits as he got some fresh air after having time off sick with Covid – and then missing the National Television Awards on Thursday

‘After feeling unwell a few days ago we both tested and we’re positive for Covid. We’re resting up at home and are so sorry we can’t be at the @officialntas.

They then sent a message to their fellow nominees: ‘Best of luck to everyone and get well soon to anyone else in the same boat x’ 

Ant and Dec were suffering from flu-like symptoms and were ‘bed bound’ with the contagious infection.

A source told MailOnline at the time: ‘Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night in TV, and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.

Mum duties: Dec’s wife Ali Alstall held their son Jack Anthony Alphonsus who was born in July

Coffee run: He wore a pair of black tracksuit bottoms and and comfy grey and white trainers

A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive. 

‘The duo will be postponing work commitments whilst they recover.’ 

Their absence at the star-studded NTAs didn’t go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec to win best presenter for over two decades.

And they won once again on Thursday, beating fan favourite Alison Hammond who was up for the same gong.

Oh dear: The TV duo took to Instagram to share a photo of their lateral flow test results, showing they were both positive

Success: Last year, Ant and Dec scooped the Best Presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards (pictured)

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