INDIA - Covid-19 Cases Soar

Arno Froese

India overtook Brazil as the second worst-infected country behind the United States after data showed that Covid-19 cases continued to surge.

Since the beginning of April, India has reported more than 1.37 million cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections since last January to over 13.5 million; cases began rising since February after reaching a peak in September.

India’s health ministry says that more than 100 million doses of vaccines have been administered since the government began an ambitious inoculation program in January. Since April 1, anyone over 45 years old is eligible for their shots.

For its part, the Serum Institute of India—the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer which is producing AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot in the country—has said its production capacity is “very stressed.”

Reuters reported that India placed a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot made by the Serum Institute to meet domestic demand., 12 April 2021

Arno's Commentary

The first paragraph is based on raw volume, not per capita, which is most accurate.

According to, on 19 April 2021, Czechia leads the list with 2,664 coronavirus deaths per million population, followed by Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Moldova, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, and then the USA in 14th place, with 1,720 coronavirus deaths per million. Israel is in 51st place with 699 coronavirus deaths per million, and India in 86th place with only 130 coronavirus deaths per million (from 154 entries total).

The coronavirus has behaved surprisingly different than previous epidemics. Thus, it was expected that countries with a lower standard of living would be most seriously affected. That, however, has not proven to be true. Super-rich Belgium, for example, had topped the list for coronavirus deaths, until being surpassed by the aforementioned countries. Sweden and Switzerland, two super-rich developed countries, have experienced larger Covid-19 deaths than, for example, poorer nations such as Egypt, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, or Liberia, which has only 17 coronavirus deaths per million population. The countries with the lowest death rate are Timor-Leste, 1.1; Thailand, 1.4; Burundi, 0.52; Vietnam, 0.36; and Tanzania, 0.36.

Previously established health regulations and pandemic preparedness, did not apply this time with the novel coronavirus.

Here we are reminded of that which is yet to come. Revelation 6 reports of the six seals of judgment. Verse 15 reads: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.” The rich and the poor alike, the free and the bondman are equal. That seems to be true with the coronavirus.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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