In the grotesque rush to make international comparisons on coronavirus, it seems to have been forgotten that every country’s strategy has the same primary goal: flattening the curve to avoid overwhelming hospitals.
The Stormont executive's decision to lift restrictions on access to graveyards is a welcome move which will come as a great relief to bereaved families who have been appealing to politicians to take heed of their distress.
IF you cast your mind back all those years ago when we first went into coronavirus lockdown - OK, it was just over a month ago, but doesn't it feel far, far longer? - you may remember that all the talk was about 'flattening the curve'.
While the main priority of government has to be on saving lives during this pandemic, there must also be a parallel strategy aimed at ensuring that after lockdown, the economy quickly recovers and people can get back to work.
The lower than predicted death rate in Northern Ireland is a testament to the public's observance of the lockdown measures which have required a high degree of focus and discipline among the population.
It has largely gone unnoticed, perhaps because of the current crisis threatening every one of us, but it will undoubtedly be resurrected sometime in the future – it may well be the most serious political blunder of his career.
One of the most extraordinary aspects of the coronavirus emergency has been the incredible dedication and selflessness of healthcare staff at all levels who are looking after the public in the knowledge that they are placing themselves at grave risk.