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.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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