CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 22nd

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: 2,573,471 (up from 2,498,474 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 178,558 (up from 171,332 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 701,838 (up from 657,808 Yesterday)
  • The US has 819,175 Confirmed Cases and 45,343 Deaths, up from 792,938 cases and 42,518 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 14,016 people in Serious or Critical Condition, up from 13,887 yesterday
  • The US has now tested 4,190,002 people, with 21% of tests showing positive for SARS-CoV-2
Food/Meat Rationing Hits US https://finance.yahoo.com/news/food-rationing-reality-buyers-once-230000895.html
  • At a Publix store in St. Petersburg, Florida, handmade signs limit customers to two packages of beef, pork and Italian sausage products.
  • In Toronto, shoppers at a west end Loblaws can't buy more than two dozen eggs and two gallons of milk.
  • Shoppers at Walmart in Utah were limited to no more than 2 of any item from the stores Meat department.
  • Across the US, grocers have started limiting the amount of meat and other products whose supply chains have been impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • "The thing I'm struck by, in the U.S., we're so used to walking down a supermarket aisle and having thousands of choices," said Heidi Heitkamp, a former North Dakota Senator and current member of Alliant Group's strategic advisory board. "Now that's not what people see on the shelves and it's a little unnerving.
  • "But what everyone should be grateful for is that you can walk into any supermarket in a major metro area and you can still find food to eat. That's a critically important national security concern."
  • "Once we see the impact of workers testing positive in the meat packing plants, we're going to see a shortage of meat," said Heitkamp, the former senator.
  • 49% of U.S. shoppers report their supermarket has had products out of stock, according to one industry survey. On popular items, "they could consider limits based on where the grocer may be located and when their supplier or wholesalers can get them product," industry analysts said in a report.
Iowa Governor "Meat Packers Must Remain Open" https://apnews.com/e4d88c7f43d429fd01c58c8bc08ab4e2
  • Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that Iowa's meatpacking plants must stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers, saying that shutting them down would be devastating for farmers and the nation's food supply.
  • "But these are also essential businesses and an essential workforce," she said. "Without them, people's lives and our food supply will be impacted. So we must do our part to keep them open in a safe and responsible way."
  • If hogs are unable to be processed, farmers may "have to consider euthanizing" them, the governor said. "We're not that far from that and it will be devastating not only for the food supply but for the cost of food moving forward," she said.
  • The Tama National beef plant resumed limited production Monday after a two-week shutdown, employees said, despite the news that 177 workers out of more than 500 tested were positive.
  • Tyson Foods also said that its pork plant in Waterloo remained open, defying pleas from the mayor and other officials to temporarily close for cleaning and additional testing of workers.
  • Coronavirus cases in Black Hawk County have doubled in recent days to 356, with 90 percent of them traced to Tyson plant workers. The county reported two more deaths on Monday, both former Tyson employees.
Let Them Eat Ice Cream https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/21/biden-spent-nearly-11-thousand-on-pelosi-favorite-ice-cream/
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has spent nearly $11,000 on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's favorite ice-cream, which she has come under fire for after showing off her collection in an interview.
  • According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Biden's campaign has spent $10,600 on Pelosi's favorite ice cream as donor gifts between May 2019 and March 2020.
  • The description for the ice-cream in the FEC filing says "donor gifts." The Daily Caller contacted the Biden campaign to ask about the gifts but did not immediately receive a response.
  • Jeni's Gourmet Ice Cream has also responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic by offering customers free to download Zoom backgrounds featuring selections of Jeni's Gourmet flavors.
  • President Donald Trump's campaign released an advertisement Monday blasting Pelosi for focusing on eating ice cream instead of working with Congress to put together legislation for coronavirus funding.
VA Study: No Benefit From Taking HydroxyChloroquine https://apnews.com/a5077c7227b8eb8b0dc23423c0bbe2b2
  • A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a study of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported.
  • The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it's the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.
  • Researchers analyzed medical records of 368 male veterans hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection at VA medical centers who either died or were discharged by April 11.
  • About 28% who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone. About 22% of those getting the drug plus azithromycin died too, but the difference between that group and usual care was not considered large enough to rule out other factors that could have affected survival.
  • Hydroxychloroquine made no difference in the need for a breathing machine, either.
  • The study was posted on an online site for researchers and has not been peer reviewed by other scientists. Grants from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Virginia paid for the work.
Total US COVID-19 Deaths Double Over Last 8 Days https://news.trust.org/item/20200421211344-sn3xj
  • U.S. coronavirus deaths doubled in a little over a week and rising by a near-record amount in a single day.
  • U.S. deaths increased by more than 2,750 on Tuesday alone, just shy of a peak of 2,806 deaths in a single day on April 15.
  • Officials reminded the public that deaths are a lagging indicator since the average victim takes 24 days to succumb to the disease.
  • New reported U.S. cases appear to be slowing this week, rising by less than 30,000 a day for the past four days through Tuesday.
  • The United States had a high of 35,392 new cases on April 4.
First West Texas, Now Northsea Brent Crude Crashes https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-brent-crude-hits-1999-lows-as-oil-prices-continue-to-fall-072702942.html
  • Brent Crude, Europe's equivalent to West Texas Intermediary crude oil, crashed to levels not seen in 3 decades yesterday and is trading at levels well below production cost.
  • More than 140 Million Barrels are being stored at sea, according to one industry survey.
  • Some companies have taken to floating barrels chained together to form 'barrel rafts', a practice not seen since barrels of oil were floated down the Mississippi River in the early 1900s.
  • In Europe, demand for Petrol has dropped by over 30% since April 1st, as more and more countries limit travel and have closed borders.
Mexico Enters Phase III of Outbreak, Deaths Spike https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-entered-most-serious-phase-125222515.html
  • Mexico has entered what the government calls "Phase 3" of the spread of the new coronavirus, the most serious stage, as transmission of the virus is intensifying.
  • Mexico has registered 712 coronavirus deaths and 8,772 infections, with 511 new cases reported on Monday.
  • But health officials expect the real number to be substantially higher as Mexico has limited testing capacity.
  • The government's "Sentinel Surveillance" mathematical model estimated there were 55,951 cases across the country, and estimated over 2,800 deaths due to COVID-19. Hospitals in Mexico City reported nearly 3,000 more deaths so far in April compared to the same month last year.
  • Mexico's leftist leader, President Obrador once again vowed that the country would not enforce "authoritarian" measures such as curfews or travel restrictions, which other countries around the globe have implemented.
  • He has come under fire for downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak, and as recently as last week had allowed a bullfight in Mexico City, with nearly 28,000 spectators in attendance.
Survey: 4 in 5 Households Report COVID-19 Lockdowns Bring Family Closer Together https://www.studyfinds.org/quarantine-quality-time-4-in-5-parents-say-coronavirus-lockdown-has-brought-family-closer-together/
  • British study finds 4 out of 5 Parents report lockdowns have brought the family closer together.
  • Six in ten say they're happier with their spouse or partner than ever before.
  • A Quarter of respondents say the extra time together has improved their sex life.
  • The survey finds that half of families are getting together to play board games and make puzzles. Another 30% say they've formed book clubs and read together.
  • And some parents are engaging in new activities with their kids. Just over a quarter of families (28%) have picked up family gardening.
  • The study was conducted online by MumPoll, and included over 2,000 participants.
NY Times: Massive Undercounting of COVID-19 Deaths Worldwide https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/21/world/coronavirus-missing-deaths.html
  • There are tens of thousands of "Excess Deaths" across the globe, in a country by country analysis conducted by researchers from the Times.
  • Examining state medical records and official death statistics, more than 25,000 extra deaths were recorded compared to the same period last year.
  • The totals include suspected deaths from COVID-19 as well as those from other causes, likely including people who could not be treated as hospitals became overwhelmed.
  • AREAPCT. ABOVE NORMALEXCESS DEATHSREPORTED COVID-19 DEATHS=DIFFERENCE
    Spain
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    66%19,70012,401=7,300
    England & Wales
    Mar. 7 - Apr. 10
    33%16,70010,335=6,300
    New York City
    Mar. 11 - Apr. 18
    298%17,20013,240=4,000
    France
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    21%10,5008,059=2,500
    Netherlands
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    33%4,0002,166=1,900
    Istanbul
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 12
    29%2,1001,006=1,100
    Jakarta
    March
    36%1,00084=900
    Belgium
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    25%2,3001,632=700
    Switzerland
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    21%1,000712=300
  • Among all countries who included causes, deaths by Automobile-Accident dropped dramatically and was down by over 59% in the US for April compared to 2019.

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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