CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 8th

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: 1,447,516 (up from 1,359,010 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 83,113 (up from 75,906 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 308,659 (up from 293,454 yesterday)
  • US has 400,549 Confirmed Cases and 12,857 Deaths, up from 367,650 cases and 10,943 deaths yesterday
  • US is 17th in Death Rate per 1 Million People, at 39 Deaths per Million. By comparison, Spain has 311 deaths per million, Italy has 283, France 158 and Sweden 59 Deaths per 1 Million people
NYC Deadliest Day So Far: 731 COVID-19 Deaths on Tuesday https://apnews.com/72a432c5ef566621f3b288146d2bc00d20% of NYPD Calls In Sick https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/us/nypd-coronavirus-out-sick/index.html
  • The New York City Police Department has lost its 12th member to a suspected case of coronavirus this week.
  • On Monday, 6,974 uniformed members of the NYPD were out sick, accounting for 19.3% of the Department's uniformed workforce, according to department's daily report. That number has jumped from 12% on March 28.
  • Currently, 1,935 uniformed members and 293 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus, the NYPD said.
  • Another 993 officers have presumed cases and are awaiting test results.
France Temporarily Surpasses US With Deadliest National Daily Total: 1,417 Dead Monday https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11349914/france-coronavirus-worst-world-death-toll/
  • Frace was among the last European nations to ban travel from China, Italy and other outbreak hotspots.
  • Its overall death toll now stands at 10,328 with only Italy (17, 127), Spain (14,045) and USA (12,857) recording more deaths.
  • France's record daily death toll Monday surpasses the previous global highs set by Italy (919), Spain (961) and the USA (1,330). However, the US experienced 1,880 deaths on Tuesday. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52209954
  • Jerome Salomon, head of France's public health authority, said the figures included 7,091 people who had died in hospitals, but only partial data about those who had died in Nursing Homes, Homeless Shelters or at private residences, so actual death totals were likely much higher.
Now Even Antarctica Not Safe From COVID-19 https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/americas/greg-mortimer-cruise-ship-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html
  • Cruise ship from Australia was set to sail to Antarctica and S Georgia island to view penguins, seals, and whales, and set sail in late March.
  • Over 60% of passengers on board have tested positive for COVID-19, another 20% have suspected cases with test results pending.
  • The ship is moored off Uraguay.
  • Various countries are working with authorities to evacuate their citizens, including passengers from the United States who have tested positive.
COVID-19 Killing More Brittons Than The Blitz https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11345450/coronavirus-uk-death-toll-cases-record/
  • The UK had 786 known COVID-19 deaths yesterday, including a 23 year old with no underlying health conditions.
  • By comparison: The worst day of The Blitz bombings by Germany in World War II killed 131 people.
  • Department of Health estimates the actual total COVID-19 deaths is likely higher, as it did not include figures from Whales, Northern Ireland or Leeds, and also failed to count those who may have died at home.
  • The UK estimates over 1,000 people have died in their own homes in the past week and many of those are not yet counted as COVID-19 deaths due to lack of testing.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued his Critical Care battle with COVID-19, is receiving oxygen but has not been put on a ventilator. He remains the official head of state of the United Kingdom.
Governor Cuomo to Lift Ban on Hyroxychloriquine https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/new-york-county-executives-want-cuomo-to-lift-restrictions-on-hydroxychloroquine-treatment
  • Andrew Cuomo has reversed his earlier position banning the use of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment in New York.
  • The Governor had allowed the drug to be studied for possible use for COVID-19 and conceded positive results in 2 weeks of testing in the state.
  • He's asked the Federal Government to increase its supply of the drug to New York hospitals and pharmacies.
  • President Trump has taken significant criticism for suggesting the use of the drug as a possible treatment for COVID-19, but always under the advice and care of a Doctor.
Trump May Restrict Funding to WHO Over Handling of Coronavirus https://www.foxnews.com/politics/who-director-faces-growing-calls-to-resign-over-handling-of-coronavirus-china
  • Trump said in a Tuesday briefing the World Health Organization "...got every major call wrong" in their Coronavirus response.
  • The WHO Director has received broad criticism for failing to call COVID-19 a Pandemic even after the outbreak was apparent on every continent and in 130 countries.
  • WHO also praised China's response to the Virus and called Trump's January travel ban racist and unnecessary, before reversing that stance in late February.
  • The US has provided the WHO with as much as 60% of its funding since 2012.
  • Trump tweeted Tuesday night that funding would be put on hold until an investigation could be completed.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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