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.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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