A jaw-dropping 512 COVID-19 cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health today. It’s the largest daily jump in COVID-19 cases since June 4 which saw 529 cases. However, those cases were confirmed while the country was exiting its last wave of infection.

The last time those figures were seen during an increase in cases was on May 15 with 520 cases- the day the State of Emergency was called. The country’s seven-day rolling average now stands at 338. One month ago on October 10, the seven-day rolling average was significantly lower at 212.

Wednesday’s cases make 3,146 within the first 10 days of November. The Ministry of Health also confirmed 12 additional COVID-19 deaths- that’s 110 since the month began. The Ministry of Health has long sounded the alarm that COVID-19 cases were on a sustained increase with health experts predicting this is the start of a fourth wave of infections locally. It’s attributed to the more transmissible and deadlier Delta variant, which now appears to be becoming the dominant coronavirus strain circulating locally.

Reporter: Rishard Khan