CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 13th

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: 138,156 (up from 127,388 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 5,080 (up from 4,641 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recoveries Worldwide: 70,437 (up from 68,327 yesterday)
  • 132 Countries have confirmed cases (up from 125 yesterday) 4 more have suspected cases
  • 9% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization), down from 11% yesterday and down from 19% just 2 weeks ago, 3% of patients require ICU
  • US has 1,762 Confirmed Cases and 41 Deaths, up from 1,336 cases and 38 confirmed deaths yesterday
  • In the US, only Alabama, Alaska, West Virginia and Maine don't have at least 1 case.

Schools Closed in at Least 6 states https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/world/coronavirus-news.html, https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-coronavirus-united-states-school-closings-20200312-sh2d5vi525drvcf5dwm7hnebru-story.html
  • All public schools in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky and New Mexico were told to close beginning next week.
  • Schools in Washington, California and New York may join by Monday.
  • The length of proposed closure ranges from 1 week to 4 weeks.
  • Some schools shifting to at home reading plans, others offering partial lessons via live Video Conference or recorded video lectures.
Top Ohio Health Official Estimate "At Least 1%" of Ohio's Population is Infected with SARS-CoV-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiUyGfDJ76g&feature=emb_logo
  • "We have 11 Million people, so the math is over 100,00", said Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.
  • The rate of spread and fatality rate prompted her to recommend closing all schools in Ohio by Friday.
  • "So that gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly."
Dr Anthony Fauci Warns Against Worst Case Scenario Predictions https://www.foxnews.com/media/fauci-cautions-150-million-coronavirus-estimate
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared Thursday to downplay the hype surrounding a congressional doctor's estimate that the U.S. could see 70 million to 150 million coronavirus cases.
  • "I think we really need to be careful with those kinds of predictions because that's based on a model," Fauci said to Congress.
  • Fauci added that the press tends to report on the higher end of ranges predicted by models. "Remember the model during the Ebola outbreak said you could have as many as a million [cases]. We didn't have a million," he added.
Satellite Images Appear to Show Mass Gaves in Iran - Thousands of COVID-19 Victims https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/12/coronavirus-iran-mass-graves-qom, https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000007011860/iran-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  • New York Times obtained footage from anonymous sources inside the US government.
  • The disturbing images seem to show mass graves with thousands of bodies wrapped in white burial shrouds.
  • So far, no on the ground confirmation in Iran or from Iranian officials, though additional videos from inside Iran would seem to confirm the idea that Iran has been hiding official numbers of infected and dead.
  • Some estimates, based on the ratio of Iranian Parliament members who are infected, predict that Iran may have as many as 3 million infected people, which with a Case Fatality Rate of 1% (where many doctors ultimately believe the CFR will end up), that would be 30,000 dead.
  • So far, Iran's official Case Fatality Rate - the one they admit to - is about 5%.
Man in Italy Pleads For Help via YouTube, Facebook https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/12/coronavirus-bodies-italy-quarantine/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afKGZ2zVlmU
  • "I have my sister in bed, dead, I don't know what to do," Luca Franzese said in a heartbreaking Facebook video, pleading for help.
  • "I cannot give her the honor she deserves because the institutions have abandoned me. I contacted everyone, but nobody was able to give me an answer."
  • Italy has the 2nd highest total number of cases after China, with 15,113 Cases as of Friday morning, and over 1,016 dead, however instances like Luca Franzese indicate there may be many more dead among those quarantined at home and not yet counted in official numbers.
  • Italy's official Case Fatality Rate is over 8% of confirmed cases have resulted in death, the highest official CFR in the world.
Apple Has Reopened All Stores in China https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3075060/apple-reopens-all-its-stores-china-shorter-hours-amid-signs
  • Perhaps an indicator that "This too shall pass", Apple has reopened all 42 stores across Mainland China.
  • China's regional VP for China reports that all stores have been fully disinfected and all employees will be wearing surgical masks and gloves for the time being.
  • Across China, more than 75% of local businesses have reopened, in a hopeful sign that quarantines, isolation and social distancing practices can work to slow the disease to the point where hospitals can manage the number of infections.

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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