CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 1st

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 872,891 (up from 799,995 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 43,271 (up from 38,735 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 184,588 (up from 169,995 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 188,592 Confirmed Cases and 4,056 Deaths, up from 164,359 cases and 3,173 deaths yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 78,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 12,428 officially dead)
  • US is 24th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 507 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,185 Cases per 1 Million.
  • US is 28th in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 12 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 206 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 4,056 Dead vs 7,251 Recovered and 4,576 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 177,285 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 1% of the total US population tested
  • 16% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
US Energy Industry On The Verge of a Massive Collapse https://www.foxnews.com/media/rick-perry-us-oil-industry-massive-collapse
  • Rick Perry issues a dire warning that America's energy industry is about to experience a massive collapse due to low oil prices caused by a huge drop in energy demand.
  • COVID-19 related slowdowns in airline, car transportation as well as a 45% drop in industrial production in March have dropped the demand for oil to 20-year lows.
  • Rick Perry recommended that US refineries be restricted from importing and refining any foreign petroleum products for at least 60 days as a means to help domestic energy producers in Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.
  • "If independent energy producers go out of business, we're handing the global market for energy back Russia and Saudi Arabia. It will be like 1974 all over again," Perry said.
Bailout Nation: Now The Car Industry Needs a Bailout https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-hammer-u-auto-sales-143814543.html
  • Year over Year automobile sales in the US are off as much as 90% compared to the same time in 2019.
  • Analysts expect April to be worse, with more than 75% of Americans now living under some form of House Arrest or Shelter-in-Place orders.
  • Autosales is not considered essential work in any state in the US with COVID-19 related restrictions.
  • Dan Furgeson, Manager of a Ford dealership in Arizona, indicated he may have to lay-off his entire staff of 48 employees. "We hear there are supposed to be government loan programs for small businesses, but that money could be weeks away. I can't make payroll this week," he said, expressing a sentiment that is becoming as epidemic as the virus itself across the US.
Study Indicates Case Mortality Rate May Be Below 1% https://nypost.com/2020/03/31/covid-19-death-rate-lower-than-previously-reported-study/, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30243-7/fulltext
  • Medical Journal Lancet published a study that takes into account projected number of cases that are not diagnosed formally and do not require hospitalization.
  • President Donald Trump had been highly criticized earlier in March for stating he believed the final Case Mortality Rate would be "way below 1%", a number far below the 2.4% out of Wuhan, China.
  • Final Case Fatality Rate may be as low as 0.66%, still 6-times higher than the seasonal flu, but well below the higher rates seen in Italy, Iran, Spain, China and other hard-hit countries.
  • So far, the fatality rate in the US is about 2.1%, but expected to go lower as more and more people are tested and diagnosed.
  • Researchers did warn that the final case mortality rate for each country might be highly-localized and dependent upon hospital capacity and quality of medical care available.
New Study Indicates Iran Has Lost Over 15,000 People to COVID-19, Compared to the 3,000 Officially Reported https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/03/31/reports-iran-has-lost-17-officials-nearly-15000-people-to-chinese-coronavirus/
  • A report issued by Saudi Arabia's news service cites internal medical records that list "lung disease", "pneumonia" or "heart failure" as the cause of death on hundreds of people who died in February and March, from just one hospital.
  • Iran has lost 16 members of Parliament and 2 cabinet members to COVID-19.
  • The country now joins China as two countries with totalitarian regimes caught blatantly lying about official cases and death statistics related to the Pandemic.
  • Wuhan China, where the virus originated, has had more than 218,000 cremations so far in 2020, compared to just 32,000 for the same period in 2019, according to a report by RT News.
In Bid to Stay Open, Walmart Issuing Masks, Gloves and Temperature Checks to All Retail Employees Nationwide https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-walmart-temperature-checks-masks-gloves-guidelines/
  • As social distancing is proving to slow the spread of COVID-19, Walmart will ask all employees to wear masks and gloves, as well as have temperature taken before all shifts starting April 1st, 2020.
  • North American President of Retail Operations indicated in a Memo that many employees have requested masks and gloves be provided to them.
  • More than 18% of Walmart's retail staff missed some time due to illness in March, according to CBS news, citing an anonymous source inside the company. "This is much higher than a normal month," the employee indicated.
  • The move comes as the CDC and COVID-19 Task Force indicated it may be shifting its stance on the general public wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Choir Rehearsal A Telling Story of Coronavirus https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/nation/a-choir-decided-to-go-ahead-with-rehearsal-now-dozens/article_0a21d9e7-ce50-57a4-9f37-8a3faf967cba.html
  • On March 6th, a church choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead.
  • With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal.
  • The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour's drive to the south.
  • But Skagit County hadn't reported any cases, schools and business remained open, and prohibitions on large gatherings had yet to be announced.
  • Sixty singers showed up. A greeter offered hand sanitizer at the door, and members refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes.
  • After 2 1/2 hours, the singers parted ways at 9 p.m.
  • Nearly three weeks later, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.
  • The outbreak has stunned county health officials, who have concluded that the virus was almost certainly transmitted through the air from one or more people without symptoms.
  • "That's all we can think of right now," said Polly Dubbel, a county communicable disease and environmental health manager.
  • In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, eight people who were at the rehearsal said that nobody there was coughing or sneezing or appeared ill.
  • Experts said the choir outbreak is consistent with a growing body of evidence that the virus can be transmitted through aerosols — particles smaller than 5 micrometers that can float in the air for minutes or longer.
  • The World Health Organization has downplayed the possibility of transmission in aerosols, stressing that the virus is spread through much larger "respiratory droplets," which are emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and quickly falls to a surface.
  • A study published March 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when the virus was suspended in a mist under laboratory conditions it remained "viable and infectious" for three hours — though researchers have said that time period would probably be no more than a half-hour in most real-world indoor conditions.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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