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Experts insist Covid-19 was not in NI as far back as December, but hundreds of people here are convinced that they had it. We find out why...

Leona O'Neill hears the stories of those who say they were left ill for weeks by a mystery virus

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Killyleagh woman Peggy Kelly with her husband Kevin

Killyleagh woman Peggy Kelly with her husband Kevin

Barrie Elkin and his wife Sharon

Barrie Elkin and his wife Sharon

Vivian Ferguson

Vivian Ferguson

Declan Boyle

Declan Boyle

Dr Tom Black, chair of the BMA in Northern Ireland

Dr Tom Black, chair of the BMA in Northern Ireland

Killyleagh woman Peggy Kelly with her husband Kevin

Health authorities this week moved to state that there was no evidence that Covid-19 was spreading in Northern Ireland in the months before the first confirmed case.

But that has done little to dissuade hundreds of people who are convinced that a bug that floored them as far back as December was in fact the virus that has wreaked havoc across the world in recent months, infecting almost five million people worldwide and killing over 300,000.

Only this week Declan Boyle, who has recovered from the virus, said he believes members of his family may have had it at the end of last year.