CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 19th

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: 225,237 (up from 202,272 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 9.276, up from 8.012 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 85,823 (up from 82,813 yesterday)
  • 176 Countries have confirmed cases (up from 167 yesterday) 7 more have suspected cases
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) down from 6% yesterday and down from 19% just 3 weeks ago
  • US has 9,464 Confirmed Cases and 155 Deaths, up from 6,524 cases and 116 deaths yesterday
Desperation (or Stupidity) Kills More People That COVID-19 - Iranians Drinking 100% Alcohol to Kill Virus https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/alcohol-poisoning-kills-100-iranians-seeking-virus-protection
  • In one province, at least 64 people died of Alcohol poisoning and hundreds more were hospitalized by drinking pure ethyl alcohol, according to Bloomberg News.
  • An Iranian website had posted an article quoting a local Cleric that implied ethyl alcohol could kill Coronavirus.
  • In that same Province, COVID-19 had killed 31 people as of yesterday.
  • In total more than 1,000 Iranians have been hospitalized and more than 100 are dead due to alcohol poisoning.
  • Officially, Iran has a total of 1,135 COVID-19 Deaths through this morning, although many analysts believe the actual number of Iranian deaths is 10 times higher.
US Company Launches At Home Test by Mail & Telehealth Video Conference https://time.com/5805953/home-covid-19-test-everlywell/, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/everlywell-announces-monday-launch-of-solution-to-get-tested-and-diagnosed-for-covid-19-from-home-1029010306
  • Everlywell, an at-home medical testing company based in Austin, TX launches first of its kind COVID-19 home testing kit.
  • The Company specializes in at-home testing for allergies, metabolism, HIV, Thyroid function, and over 35 other conditions.
  • Home test kits include instructions as well as a video-conference based consultation with a registered-nurse to ensure proper use of the kit.
  • The kit is then mailed to LAB, results are emailed to customers.
  • The kit will be available next week for a total price of $129 including shipping and consult.
  • Initially, the company will launch 30,000 test kits, but expects to be able to test over 250,000 per week by mid-April.
Two Members of US Congress Test Positive for COVID-19 https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/mario-diaz-balart-coronavirus/index.html
  • Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) and Ben McAdams (D) become first members of Congress to test positive for COVID-19
  • "On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms including a fever and headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19," his office said in a news release Wednesday night.
  • The Florida Republican said in a statement that he is "feeling much better" but urged the public to take the virus "extremely seriously."
  • Later on Wednesday evening, Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat, said he too had been diagnosed and was Quarantined away from his family to keep them safe from being infected.
US Government Plan Leaked, Anticipates 18 Month Battle To Defeat COVID-19 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-virus-plan-anticipates-18-month-pandemic-and-widespread-shortages/ar-BB11ktjA
  • A federal government plan to combat the coronavirus warned policymakers last week that a pandemic "will last 18 months or longer" and could include "multiple waves," resulting in widespread shortages that would strain consumers and the nation's health care system.
  • The 100-page plan, dated Friday, the same day President Trump declared a national emergency, laid out a grim prognosis for the spread of the virus.
  • The plan outlined a response that would activate agencies across the government and potentially employ special presidential powers to mobilize the private sector (those he evoked yesterday, Wednesday)
  • The plan was shared with key members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday last week as part of a briefing at the White House.
  • Key shortages would be across Medicine & Drugs as well as some shortages in food supplies (especially specific brands) as Global supply chain disruptions would prevent imports from many countries.
  • "State and local governments, as well as critical infrastructure and communications channels, will be stressed and potentially less reliable. These stresses may also increase the challenges of getting updated messages out and coordinating guidance to these local jurisdictions directly," the plan stated.
Over 200 Americans Stranded on Italian Cruise Ship With Dozens Sick https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-dozens-sick-italian-cruise-ship-carrying-over-200-americans
  • The Italian Costa Luminosa cruise ship stranded at sea with over 200 U.S. citizens onboard due to the coronavirus has recorded dozens of "sick" crewmembers and passengers, according to ship logs obtained by the Miami Herald on Wednesday.
  • At least 24 crew members are sick and are isolated.
  • More than 50 passengers are also classified as sick, or are roommates of passengers who are classified as sick, the paper reported. All passengers showing symptoms are being isolated.
  • The "sick" designation doesn't mean they have COVID-19, but the vessel has been at sea shortly after some disembarked passengers tested positive for the virus.
  • The vessel, carrying over 1500 passengers, is nearing France and hopes to dock there today.
Oil Drops to Below $20/Barrel Amid Massive Oversupply and Shrinking Demand https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/business/crude-oil-prices-coronavirus/index.html
  • $20/barrel marks the lowest price in nearly 20 years.
  • At $20/barrel, US Shale producers are taking an average net-loss of $8/barrel over production costs.
  • In oil-dependent countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, etc. the implications are far worse: those nations rely on State or Sovereign oil income to actually run the country (state-owned oil = government income).
  • According to estimates from the World Bank, Saudi Arabia's "Revenue per Barrel" needs for break-even government budgets is $82/barrel. Russia's is $68/barrel and Iran's is $64.
  • At $20/barrel, many countries risk complete government default on sovereign bond payments and may require massive bailouts from the IMF or World Bank to cover bond payments to debt holders.
Island Nation New Zealand Completely Seals Borders to Non-Kiwis https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12318284
  • Restrictions would completely close the country to non-New Zealanders.
  • Exceptions can be made to spouses or children of New Zealanders who are outside the country, but strict 14-day Quarantine would be enforced.
  • New Zealand has only had 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of which were identified during Quarantines required due to overseas travelers returning to New Zealand.
  • There is no known Community Spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Big Brother Cast Told About COVID-19 On Live TV https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/big-brother-germany-cast-told-about-coronavirus-pandemic-on-live-tv/ar-BB11nGcf
  • The 14-Member cast had been in complete media isolation due to the format of the show.
  • The crew was forbidden from discussing the Virus with contestants until yesterday.
  • The 14 contestants, who have been secluded in Cologne, Germany, since February 10, were told about the widespread coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Big Brother host Jochen Schropp told the cast that "a disease called Covid-19 had spread across the world" and "reached Europe."
  • Some contestants burst into tears while others questioned the greater effects the pandemic would have on the world, including the economy.
  • The group was also allowed to receive video messages from their family and friends.
  • Producers have yet to determine if the season will be canceled or production will continue.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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