'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.
Whatever the Government says officially, the next few weeks will likely see some shift in how we manage things.
So far the public has been happy to toe the line.
People have understood in order to give hospitals a chance it was imperative they stayed in. The priceless incentive was the saving of lives.
The readiness to do all we can to assist the work of medical teams, carers and all whom have played a part in fighting the pandemic is still solid.
But the key to preserving it is still trust, not coercion. Leading by example, not edict. Public buy-in revolves around the integrity of the process.
People will readily make sacrifices when they know their efforts are making a difference.
The hope is it will be enough to protect life and our way of living. As of now, 1,133,000 people rely on the State for income support - out of a workforce of 2.3 million.
But yesterday Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach, accepted the public's "patience and resolve" to comply with Covid-19 restrictions is "waning".
People will co-operate once they are kept in the loop and fully informed of both successes and failings. What has happened in the nation's nursing homes has raised hard questions. We have also been told of tensions between the Department of Health and the HSE on testing targets.
Internationally, reaching the desired test numbers became a subject of division due to the shortage of the reagent and global demand.
Nonetheless, we are still repeatedly told the route back to whatever degree of normality a post-Covid-19 world permits rests on comprehensive testing and contact tracing. But is all this realistic?
For even in nursing homes, where the battle is now concentrated, there are still unacceptable delays in testing along with shortages of PPEs.
All of which feed into a staffing crisis.
Ultimately, blanket community testing is supposed to be the priority, but we are struggling to get results back in time, even as it is.
It comes as no surprise the lead adviser on Covid-19 with the Irish College of GPs has said testing criteria needs to be widened.
We have a commitment by the department to ramp up tests to 100,000 a week; but will we have the labs to process them? It is a crucial question.
Dr Nuala O'Connor told RTÉ we must ensure we have the capacity to process more tests efficiently.
If promises are being made there must be a realistic prospect they can be met.