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As coronavirus lockdown is eased, is Northern Ireland approaching its most dangerous moment yet?

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Aerial images showing Belfast city centre after lockdown. Pic Kevin Scott

Aerial images showing Belfast city centre after lockdown. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Aerial images showing Belfast city centre after lockdown. Pic Kevin Scott

Northern Ireland has recorded its fourth consecutive day without a Covid-19 death.

The figures should be treated with caution but it is still a positive milestone in what has been an overwhelmingly bleak period in which more than 700 people have lost their lives to the virus and countless more are suffering from the impact of the lockdown.

When Covid-19 first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year, few people in Northern Ireland gave it a second thought. Like Ebola and SARS before it, Covid-19 seemed like an exotic anomaly that would never reach our shores.