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A major question mark hangs over the fate of this year's Leaving Cert exam in the face of a public health crisis that could go on for months.

The Leaving Cert is about more than being a mechanism for gaining a place in higher education, but that is how it is viewed by most.

A threat to the exams is a particularly serious blow for almost 47,000 Leaving Cert students - about four in five of the candidates - who have applied to the CAO and depend on their grades for college entry.