CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 21st

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: 2,498,474 (up from 2,418,980 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 171,332 (up from 2,197,161 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 657,808 (up from 633,376 Yesterday)
  • The US has 792,938 Confirmed Cases and 42,518 Deaths, up from 746,265 cases and 40,766 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 13,951 people in Serious or Critical Condition, up from 13,336 yesterday
  • The US has now tested 4,027,367 people but still lags behind 36 other countries in terms of testing per capita. US has done less testing per capita than Estonia, Slovenia, Ireland, Aruba and Venezuela...
Iowa Deploys National Guard to Meatpacking Plants https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iowa-sends-national-guard-troops-225054924.html
  • The National Guard has been deployed to two meat processing plants in Iowa.
  • After the Smithfield Meats plant was closed in North Dakota last week, workers from Smithfield were apparently hired by JBS National Beef Packing Inc.
  • Tyson Foods also had an outbreak and is closing one of its Iowa-based meat processing plants.
  • The National Guard is expected to help with testing and medical care of workers in an attempt to try to get the food processing plants back online more quickly.
  • Iowa meatpackers produce about 1/3 of the nation's Pork and 15% of all Beef.
  • With the processing plants offline, many Hog farmers may be forced to euthanize hogs. https://nypost.com/2020/04/21/pork-producers-could-kill-hogs-to-offset-losses-from-coronavirus/
  • Even if the FDA buys hogs from farmers, without production plants to slaughter and process the meat, animals would have to be euthanized.
Russia for the Win - West Texas Oil Crashes 300% to Negative $41 per Barrel https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/20/oil-markets-us-crude-futures-in-focus-as-coronavirus-dents-demand.html, https://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/Whats-Next-For-Oil-As-Prices-Go-Negative.html
  • In February, Russia broke with OPEC+ and increased oil production by over 20%, just as demand for oil/gas dropped of a cliff due to COVID-19.
  • Saudi Arabia followed suit and also increased production in an effort to prevent Russia from capturing market share.
  • The Price War resulted in a massive oversupply of oil, even as demand for oil and fuel dropped by over 35% globally.
  • President Trump had negotiated a production decrease of 9 Million Barrels per day between Russia and OPEC+, but that production cut doesn't go into effect until May.
  • In the interim, there is no place to store the excess oil already in the system, so the May futures contracts, for 1000 barrels of oil each, dropped to negative $41/barrel yesterday in intraday trading. Those contracts 'expire' today, meaning the holder of the contract is forced to either take delivery or pay someone else to take/store the oil.
  • The May futures contract had been trading at $64/barrel as recently as late January.
  • June WTI futures are still trading near $20/barrel, down from $68 in January.
Trump to Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the US https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3080803/trump-says-hell-suspend-immigration-us
  • US President Donald Trump said he will temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus outbreak
  • Trump referred to the "Invisible Enemy" in a late-night tweet on Monday, a phrase he has used to describe the virus that has killed more than 42,000 people out of more than 787,370 confirmed infections in the US
  • He said the move would protect Americans' jobs after almost 22 million people in the US were put out of work.
  • "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump tweeted, without providing details.
  • Details are said to be forthcoming, but no word yet on whether H2-A Agricultural Worker visas would be exempt from the immigration ban. About 55% of ag and food production workers in the US come from Mexico on H2-A visas.
  • Industry analysts have warned of potential production disruptions if the more than 2 Million H2-A visas aren't exempted.
New Study From China Indicates Multiple SARS-CoV-2 Strains, Some Deadlier Than Others https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3080771/coronavirus-mutations-affect-deadliness-strains-chinese-study
  • A new study by one of China's top scientists has found the ability of the new coronavirus to mutate has been vastly underestimated and different strains may account for different impacts of the disease in various parts of the world.
  • Professor Li Lanjuan and her colleagues from Zhejiang University found within a small pool of patients many mutations not previously reported. These mutations included changes so rare that scientists had never considered they might occur.
  • They also confirmed for the first time with laboratory evidence that certain mutations could create strains deadlier than others.
  • "Sars-CoV-2 has acquired mutations capable of substantially changing its pathogenicity," Li and her collaborators wrote in a non-peer reviewed paper released on preprint service medRxiv.org on Sunday.
  • The study provided the first hard evidence that mutation could affect how severely the virus caused disease or damage in its host.
  • The most aggressive strains of Sars-COV-2 could generate 270 times as much viral load as the least potent type, the study indicated.
  • New York may have a deadlier strain imported from Europe, compared to less deadly viruses elsewhere in the United States.
  • The various strains may help explain why some outbreak regions are so much worse than others, and may also make vaccine production much more complex, the research study concluded.
A Story of Two Pandemics - Sisters Killed 100 Years Apart https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242145151.html
  • A 96-year-old Texas woman died from coronavirus last week, more than a century after her older sister died from the Spanish Flu, according to an obituary and media reports.
  • Selma Esther Ryan has lived at an Austin assisted living center for the past three years after previously living in San Antonio.
  • Her daughter, Vicki Spencer, said she got a call April 3 that her mother was sick along with four other residents at the center.
  • "Over the next five days I watched through the window as she got sicker and sicker," Spencer said. "It was so hard to not be with her. Her 96th birthday was April 11. Our family gathered outside her window, but it was obvious that something terrible had happened to her."
  • Her death April 14 came 102 years after her older sister, 5-year-old Esther, died from the Spanish Flu, Selma's obituary states. Esther is one of at least 50 million people who died during the 1918 pandemic.
Many Georgia Businesses Allowed to Reopen This Week https://nypost.com/2020/04/20/many-georgia-businesses-may-reopen-by-friday-tennessee-eyes-next-week/
  • Businesses including Salons, Gyms, Spas, Movie Theaters, Restaurants - including limited dine-in services, and tattoo parlors are among those businesses that will be allowed to reopen.
  • Customers and business owners will still be expected to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines, including maintaining 6 feet of separation.
  • Businesses will also be required to provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations for customers, as well as to frequency disinfect surfaces that may be touched by customers.
  • It is unclear how hygiene and disinfection guidelines will be observed and enforced, if at all.
  • Tennessee also expected to relax business closures by next week.
Swiss Study Finds Damage to Multiple Organs from COVID-19 https://www.todayonline.com/world/coronavirus-attacks-lining-blood-vessels-all-over-body-swiss-study-finds
  • COVID-19 attacks the body at all locations that have high ACE-2 cell protein types.
  • ACE-2 cells are found in the lungs and respiratory tract but also found in the Kidneys, Liver, Heart, Gut, Testicles and Brain.
  • COVID-19 appears to prevent blood flow to vital organs by damaging the mico-blood-vessels that feed oxygenated blood to these organs.
  • The study, from the Journal Lancet, looked at cell samples from 119 COVID-19 victims who had succumbed to the virus, as part of an expanded autopsy study.
  • This virus does not only attack the lungs, it attacks the vessels everywhere," said Dr Frank Ruschitzka, an author of the paper from University Hospital Zurich.
  • He said the researchers had found that the deadly virus caused more than pneumonia.
  • "It enters the endothelium [layer of cells], which is the defense line for blood vessels. So it causes severe problems in microcirculation," said Dr Ruschitzka, referring to circulation in the smallest of blood vessels.
  • It then reduces the blood flow to different parts of the body and eventually stops blood circulation, according to Dr Ruschitzka, chairman of the heart center and cardiology department at the university hospital in Switzerland.
  • "From what we do see clinically, patients have problems in all organs — in the heart, kidney, intestine, everywhere," he said.

An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn Beck share the details:

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

Watch the video clip below to hear Stewart explain:

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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