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Volunteers step forward in the Covid-19 crisis: 'I think helping each other is human nature'

Charities have been inundated with offers of help as emigrant doctors and nurses come home. Kim Bielenberg looks at the massive community response to the spread of Covid-19

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Ireland responds: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin

Ireland responds: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin

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Members of the public queue to buy bottles of hand sanitiser made and sold at Listoke Distillery and Gin School in Tenure, north Dublin

Members of the public queue to buy bottles of hand sanitiser made and sold at Listoke Distillery and Gin School in Tenure, north Dublin

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Boxes packed with bowls delivered to the staff in St Jamess Hospital as part of the 'Feed The Heroes" campaign.

Boxes packed with bowls delivered to the staff in St Jamess Hospital as part of the 'Feed The Heroes" campaign.

A man in a face mask walks through Temple Bar on St Patrick’s Day

A man in a face mask walks through Temple Bar on St Patrick’s Day

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People adhere to social distancing guidelines as they take part in an exercise class on Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

People adhere to social distancing guidelines as they take part in an exercise class on Dollymount Strand in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Ireland responds: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin

Coronavirus has turned our world upside, shutting down workplaces and schools, and making tens of thousands temporarily unemployed as fears for our health mount.

But it has also proved that the country has a strong sense of social cohesion, and is capable of an enormous community response in a crisis.

It is not yet clear how many people have joined the volunteer army assisting in the community battle to cope with the spread of the virus.