AS all countries that have been affected by the current pandemic are now coming to terms on how to end their individual lockdown, there is little point in trying to compare their efforts.

I am sure that their respective governments are liaising with each other to decide upon a particular strategy suitable for its own people and businesses. It is inevitable that circumstances will not be the same depending on size and/or population. The only country going it alone seems to be the USA under Donald Trump, who yet again appears to be the sole arbiter of what course of action should be taken irrespective of specialist health and scientific advice.

In time, whether it be weeks or months, the world will recover and normal service can be restored.

D Wearmouth, Shildon.