The performance of Boris Johnson's government during this health crisis has been absolutely woeful, the most damning indictment being the 40,000-plus deaths which make the UK the worst country in Europe in terms of mortality figures.
The press briefing on June 4 was very optimistic and uplifting including allowing the shielded and most vulnerable outside their homes for the first time in 12 weeks, albeit with members of their own household or one person from another household observing strict social distancing of two metres.
There is no doubt the pandemic has forced major changes in the delivery of health care in Northern Ireland, which responded with both speed and flexibility in a bid to cope with the anticipated surge in Covid-19 cases.
The news that for the second consecutive day no deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland is an enormous relief and along with a decline in new infections, indicates that we are coming to the end of this phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
When all the anger and recrimination surrounding the debate over pensions for victims of the Troubles fades away, the simple truth expressed by Jude Whyte, someone who understand grief on both sides of our divided society, will endure.
Announcing an accelerated easing of lockdown measures yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar invoked the Roman statesman, scholar and lawyer Cicero, who said: 'The safety of the people shall be our highest law.