CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 31st

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: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibilityhttps://dailycaller.com/2020/03/30/anthony-fauci-moment-donald-trump-realized-extend-social-distancing-mandate/
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • "...it was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Ordershttps://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-violators-of-marylands-stay-at-home-order-face-criminal-charges.html
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.
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Health Care Workers Using Forklifts to Load Dead Bodies Into Refrigerated Trucks...In New York Cityhttps://nypost.com/2020/03/30/disturbing-footage-shows-dead-bodies-loaded-onto-truck-outside-brooklyn-hospital/
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has hit New York City so hard that health care workers are using forklifts to load dead bodies into refrigerated trucks, according to a viral video.
  • The 5-minute and 32-second clip posted to YouTube shows medical officials helping to load the corpses in body bags and into the mobile morgue outside Brooklyn Hospital Center, according to a man shooting the clip.
  • "This is for real. This is Brooklyn," a man filming the terrifying event can be heard saying in the video.
  • "They putting the bodies in the 18-wheeler … this is no joke … this is a Brooklyn Hospital," the man says as he begs for people to "stay inside" as the deadly virus continues to pummel the city.
  • The trembling man continues, "This may make you want to take this seriously."
  • In another newly surfaced video taken outside of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn's Borough Park, a man wearing medical garb films as he shows off what he claims to be dead bodies on stretchers and corpses inside a refrigerated truck.
  • "There's a truck that we're gonna' put the f—ing bodies in, bro," the man says in the 41-second clip, adding, "Mad bodies, this is filled up with bodies. It's like a load."
  • The unidentified man then opens up the truck and says, "There's bodies in back … that's bodies up in there, piling up."
  • Hospital spokeswoman Eileen Tynion confirmed the authenticity of the video footage to The NY Post, saying, "We regret that someone was able to obtain that footage, and plan to communicate more thoughtfully with the community in the future."
  • "We are doing what every hospital in New York City is doing in preparing for a surge in everything — patients who need care and a surge in patients who expire," said Tynion.
More Warnings on Global Food Supply Impacthttps://www.scmp.com/economy/global-economy/article/3077621/coronavirus-may-cause-food-shortages-panic-buying-and-export
  • The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation says there could be global food shortages as early as April and May as a result of supply problems caused by COVID-19
  • China is heavily dependent on imports for some crops like soybeans, which may be affected by disruptions to global logistics networks
  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) said last week that it had "already seen signs that pressures due to lockdowns are beginning to impact supply chains, such as the slowdown in the shipping industry. Disruptions, particularly in the area of logistics, could materialize in the coming months."
  • The UN Committee on World Food Security sounded an even stronger warning that "disruptions at borders and in supply chains may cause an echo in the food system with potentially disastrous effects".
  • Countries that are heavily reliant on food imports are the most vulnerable to food shipment interruptions.
  • In recent weeks, export restrictions have been slapped on staple foods such as rice and wheat as the outbreak spreads around the globe.
Greater Killer: COVID-19 or Hunger?https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/kill-coronavirus-rohingya-india-200331035538875.html
  • COVID-19 May kill more via Hunger than the disease itself.
  • The nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees living in various refugee camps across India fear that a humanitarian catastrophe looms large over them, as they have been left to fight the coronavirus pandemic alone.
  • Already food deliveries to several camps have stopped, as drivers have been furloughed and ordered to shelter at home.
  • A UN Doctor pleaded on Al Jazeera TV for swift action, "Without food deliveries daily, the risk of starvation in these camps is a far greater tragedy than the virus."
  • Last Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced the strict lockdown for India's 1.3 billion people to prevent the spread of the virus that has killed more than 38,000 worldwide.
  • But the move has turned into a growing human tragedy, with tens of thousands of migrant workers fleeing cities attempting to return home, many of them forced to walk hundreds of kilometers, following the shutdown of businesses and factories where they worked.
  • Critics have accused the government of rushing with the lockdown without a proper plan. The South Asian nation has recorded only 1,000 COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths so far.
Will House Arrest Lead to Civil Unrest?https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italy-risks-losing-grip-in-south-with-fears-of-looting-and-riots/ar-BB11V5A1
  • As Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fights to hold Italian society together through a crippling nationwide lockdown, the depressed South is turning into a powder keg.
  • Police have been deployed on the streets of Sicily's capital, Palermo, amid reports gangs are using social media to plot attacks on stores.
  • A bankrupt ferry company halted service to the island, including vital supplies of food and medicines. As the state creaks under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials worry the mafia may be preparing to step in.
  • Preventing unrest in the so-called Mezzogiorno, the underdeveloped southern region that's long lagged behind the wealthy north, has become the government's top priority, according to Italian officials.
  • With the European Union's most dangerously indebted state already fighting the Germans over the terms of the financial aid it needs, the fallout may reach far beyond Rome.
  • We need to act fast, more than fast," Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando told daily La Stampa. "Distress could turn into violence."
  • As the lockdown enters its fourth week, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement late Monday that the government will follow the recommendation of its scientific advisers to extend the lockdown from the current deadline of April 3 until Easter at least.
  • Conte is also working on a new stimulus package for mid-April worth at least 30 billion euros ($33 billion), following initial measures worth 25 billion euros, the officials said.
  • Italy has the highest death toll from the virus, with more than 11,000 fatalities, and almost 102,000 confirmed cases, second only to the U.S.
  • It reported the smallest number of new coronavirus infections in almost two weeks on Monday.
Sweden's Approach vs The World: Voluntary Self-Isolation Onlyhttps://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/sweden-coronavirus-approach-is-very-different-from-the-rest-of-europe.html
  • Unlike its immediate neighbors Denmark, Finland, and Norway, Sweden has not closed its borders or its schools; neither has it closed non-essential businesses or banned gatherings of more than two people, like the U.K. and Germany.
  • Bars are still full of revelers, and students are still playing soccer at schools. The Country's Philharmonic played a concert on Saturday night with over 1,500 in attendance.
  • The Public Health Agency's lead epidemiologist, and a key figure in Sweden's national response to the coronavirus, is Anders Tegnell.
  • "Sweden has gone mostly for voluntary measures because that's how we're used to working," Tegnell added. "And we have a long tradition that it works rather well."
  • He said the agency had explained to the population why social distancing was needed, "and so far, it's been working reasonably well. If you're sick, stay at home."
  • Sweden has 4,028 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has recorded 146 deaths, the latest data from the Public Health Agency shows.
  • In contrast, Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak, has almost 100,000 cases and over 10,000 deaths.
  • Meanwhile, Spain, the second worst-hit country in Europe, has close to 80,000 confirmed cases and 6,500 deaths.
  • The U.K., considered to be around two weeks behind Italy in terms of the outbreak, has recorded almost 20,000 cases and 1,228 deaths from the virus.

Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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