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Lockdown: Empty bike racks on Dublin’s College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. photo: reuters

Lockdown: Empty bike racks on Dublin’s College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. photo: reuters

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Lockdown: Empty bike racks on Dublin’s College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. photo: reuters

Doctors in the country's largest hospital are having to work 24-hour shifts during the coronavirus crisis.

The gruelling shifts for junior doctors have been introduced at St James's Hospital in Dublin as it comes under pressure to care for the rise in patients seriously ill with the virus. Hospitals countrywide are facing severe strain due to the number of staff who have had to self-isolate after contracting the infection.

A spokeswoman for St James's Hospital said: "A healthcare crisis like Covid-19 demands a flexible response.