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    Here are the latest updates:

    Wednesday, September 16

    18:15 GMT – Irish COVID-19 modeling group warns of exponential increase in case

    The head of Ireland’s COVID-19 modeling group 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.

    17:45 GMT – Germany adds Vienna and Budapest to risk list

    Germany has added Austria’s capital Vienna and Hungary’s capital Budapest to its pandemic risk list due to the rising number of coronavirus infections there, authorities said.

    Germany also added the Hauts-de-France region in neighbouring France as well as the Fribourg canton in Switzerland to the list, the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 6,571,867 cases of the virus, an increase of 34,240 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 961 to 195,053.

    The CDC’s tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, was of September 15 versus its previous report a day earlier.

    The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

    17:05 GMT – WHO warns of coronavirus momentum as winter looms in north

    The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 is spreading at a worrying pace in some parts of the northern hemisphere, a few months away from the winter influenza season.

    “We are starting to see worrying trends in some countries,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for COVID-19, said during a social media webcast.

    “We are seeing increases in hospitalisations, in intensive care units, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and some states of the United States. That is worrying because we have not seen the flu season yet.”

    Van Kerkhove also said hospitalisations of people aged 15-49 infected with COVID-19 were increasing in several countries.

    Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, advised people at high risk for COVID-19 infections to get a flu vaccination.

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