UK - 100,000 Covid-19 Deaths

Arno Froese

When the novel coronavirus, which first emerged in China in 2019, slid silently across the United Kingdom in March, Johnson initially said he was confident it could be sent packing in weeks.

But 97,939 deaths later, the United Kingdom has the world’s fifth worst official death toll—more than its civilian toll in World War Two and twice the number killed in the 1940-41 Blitz bombing campaign, although the total population was lower then.

Behind the numbers there is grief and anger.

Jamie Brown’s 65-year-old father died at the end of March after it was suspected he contracted COVID-19 while traveling on a train into London for work. At the time, the government was mulling a lockdown.

Told by medics to stay at home, he awoke days later with a tight chest, disorientated and nauseous, and was taken to hospital in an ambulance. He died from a cardiac arrest five minutes after arriving.

“You watch the death toll rising while ministers pat themselves on the back and tell you what a good job they have done. It changes very quickly from a personal to a collective grief.”

-www.reuters.com, 25 January 2021

Arno's commentary

The achievements of medical science are nothing short of amazing. Thus, the world’s life expectancy is rising year by year. 

A number of readers have complained that our attention is focused more globally than nationally. That indeed is true. Why? The Church of Christ consists of born-again believers who reside all over planet earth. They speak different languages, adhere to different cultures, and are subject to governments often quite different from that of the USA. Jesus instructs His Church not nationally, but globally. “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

Why do we highlight certain countries repeatedly? Because it shows the tendency toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy; namely, unity at all costs on the one hand, and opposition to global unity on the other.

The UK, for example, was considered the “sick man” of Europe decades ago. They became extremely successful after they were accepted into the European Union. But, with Brexit, they are now facing greater obstacles than ever. The pandemic is just one thing; countries that made light of it are now listed with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 population. 

Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 population for selected countries:
1. UK 145.4
2. USA 126.4
3. Hungary 122.1
4. Sweden 107.4
5. Brazil 103.2

Nations that took the pandemic seriously and enforced strict laws have been successful at keeping it under control:
• Taiwan 0.03
• New Zealand 0.51
• Cuba 1.74
• South Korea 2.66
• Australia 3.64

We do well to heed the Word of God and follow the instructions of our respective governments. We are in the world, but we are not of the world.

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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