Previous record was Tuesday at 53,275
- 964 dead vs 575 a day ago
The daily deaths are approaching the April peak of 1172.
I'm sympathetic to the argument that the new variant is more transmissible. Otherwise, it's very difficult to explain this spike despite the December lockdown. Other countries where they don't have this variant have seen a decline or slower growth.
South Africa has a similar variant and also has seen a rapid surge to a record 17,710 cases yesterday.