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Empty bike racks on Dublin's College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. Photo: Reuters

Empty bike racks on Dublin's College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. Photo: Reuters

Empty bike racks on Dublin's College Green amid the Covid-19 crisis. Photo: Reuters

The Government last night extended coronavirus lockdown measures by three weeks to May 5 - with little sign an end to the crisis is in sight.

It came as Leaving Cert students were told their exams have been moved to either late July or August, which could have the knock-on effect of a delayed start to the next second-level school year.

No specific date for the exams was given as Education Minister Joe McHugh said steps to reopen schools would only be taken when public health advice assured it was OK to do so.

And there was concern as the number on waiting lists for surgery has soared by a record 11,000 in just one month, to 77,748.

New figures showed there were 25 further deaths and 480 new cases yesterday. It also emerged 156 of all 288 deaths here were nursing home residents. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was "no magic figure" that will dictate when the coronavirus restrictions can start to be lifted.

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