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Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

'We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - on the easing of its lockdown - winning both the admiration and envy of leaders around the world.

Here we are, nowhere closer to removing the deadbolt, with hundreds of new cases recorded daily. But in Europe, Spain, Italy and France have started the precarious process of lifting the latch.

All countries are moving tentatively forward with understandable trepidation.