Eighteen months of terror, survival and uncertainty finally came to an end yesterday as the Civil Emergency and Defence Agency announced an end to the deadly Green Flu, an epidemic that not only plagued America, but the whole world.

These were the emotional scenes across the country as immune survivors were at long last allowed to leave the CEDA quarantine camps where the majority of inhabitants have been housed and kept safe for over a year. The sheer relief amongst them, like the flu itself, is contagious.

Normal society has been disturbed almost to the point of no return, but the human race is rebuilding, even now. And this all-clear has lifted the spirits of our collective hearts. It is now time for those of us to learn from our mistakes, make the most of the present, and start to build a better, brighter future.