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.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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