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Irish COVID-19 modeling group warns of exponential increase in cases

FILE PHOTO: A shuttered pub called Reilly's is seen closed due to Government restrictions around coronavirus, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Dublin, Ireland, September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The head of Ireland’s COVID-19 modeling group on Wednesday said he was more concerned about the rise in cases of the disease in the country than at any time since its first peak in April and warned of “exponential growth.”

“Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus,” Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modeling Advisory Group, told journalists.

Ireland’s health service on Wednesday reported 254 new cases and three new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,788.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Chris Reese

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