CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 12th

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: 127,809 (up from 126,611 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 4,641 (up from 4,365 yesterday)
  • 68,327 Patients Have Recovered from COVID-19 Worldwide
  • 125 Countries Have Confirmed cases (up from 120 yesterday), 4 more have suspected cases
  • 11% of Active Cases are Considered Serious (Requiring Hospitalization), down from 12% yesterday, with 4% requiring ICU
  • US has 1,336 Confirmed Cases - and 38 Deaths
  • All 50 States Have at least 1 Confirmed Cases or 1 Presumptive Case Except Alabama, Maine, Idaho, Alaska and West Virginia

President Trump Bans Travel From Mainland Europe for 30 Days https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-makes-statement-on-coronavirus-wednesday-evening-watch-live-stream-today-2020-03-11/
  • UK travel not currently affected.
  • Ban limits human travel, cargo-only travel will not face restrictions at this time.
  • Order is effective as of today, March 12th, 2020.
  • President Trump indicated he would consider other travel bans from any hot spots as a means to follow CDC recommendations to prevent bringing more infected persons into the US.
  • Inbound travel to the US now restricted for over 1/3 of the world's population, including China, the EU, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Iran
Dr Anthony Fauci To Congress: COVID-19 is 10 Times More Lethal That The Flu https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/top-federal-health-official-says-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-get-worse-in-the-us.html
  • "I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
  • Fauci said COVID-19 is at least 10 times "more lethal" than the seasonal flu, even if the mortality rate drops far below the World Health Organization's current estimate of 3.4%, according to CNBC news.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is just weeks old in the U.S. How much worse it gets depends on two things, Fauci said: 1) containing the influx of infected people coming from other countries and 2) containing local outbreaks within the U.S. via Social Distancing and Isolation of the sick.
  • "Bottom line is it's going to get worse," Fauci concluded.
US Stocks Officially Enter a Bear Market https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/10/dow-futures-point-to-a-loss-of-more-than-400-points-after-tuesdays-surge.html
  • US Stocks are down more than 20% from all-time highs reached just 3 weeks ago on February 12th.
  • The news comes as President Trump proposed cutting all US payroll taxes to 0% for the rest of the year, as well as Small Business Loans and the largest cash infusion into financial markets by the Fed since the 2009 Financial Crisis.
President Trump's Approval Rating Also Lower https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-approval-ratings-nosedive-amid-coronavirus-outbreak
  • Daily tracking poll stood at +1 net approval rating (approve minus disapprove) on February 25th.
  • Flip to a -11 yesterday represents a 12 point swing in the online and phone-based survey.
  • The President's handing of Coronavirus cited as a major reason for the shift in voter attitudes.
Joe Biden Staffer Accuses Trump of Deciding to Let Coronavirus Get Out of Hand https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/03/11/joe-biden-staffer-claims-trump-decided-to-let-coronavirus-get-out-of-hand/
  • Senior Staffer, Digital Director of Biden's campaign tweeted, "Sure seems like this is getting out of hand and Donald Trump decided to let it be this way."
  • The tweet comes as Trump asked all Americans to "put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify as one nation and one family."
  • Calls for the staffer to apologize have gone unanswered by the Biden campaign.
WHO Finally Calls COVID-19 a Pandemic https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/who-declares-coronavirus-outbreak-a-global-pandemic
  • Surprising exactly zero people, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom made the announcement on Wednesday.
  • "This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus," Tedros said. "We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."
  • "This is not just a public health crisis. It's a crisis that will touch every sector, so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight," Tedros added. He said that countries needed to "strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights."
New Obstacles to Testing in the US: Lack of Crucial Reagent Chemicals https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/10/coronavirus-testing-lab-materials-shortage-125212, https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/10/shortage-crucial-chemicals-us-coronavirus-testing/
  • In the latest challenge to US CDC efforts for widespread testing, the Chemical Reagent used to confirm the RNA presence of the virus is in short supply.
  • German-based Chemical giant Qiagen, with labs in Germany and Spain, is reportedly working 24/7 to ramp up production, citing global demand is simply far higher than current manufacturing capabilities.
  • The American Enterprise Institute indicated it estimates the US can currently run about 15,000 testing kits per day, but each kit relies on reagents at labs to confirm COVID-19. Through March 11th, approximately 8,554 Americans had been tested, compared to over 210,000 in S Korea, 61,000 in Italy and 26,000 in the UK.
Between 70 Million and 150 Million Will Become Infected with SARS-CoV-2, Congressional Doctor Projects https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/up-to-150-million-americans-are-expected-to-contract-the-coronavirus-congressional-doctor-says.html
  • Closed-door briefing with Senior Congressional staffers was held on Wednesday, March 11th by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Monahan made the comments during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that included Senate administrative office staff and personnel from both parties, but no senators, according to NBC News.
  • Monahan stressed the need for Social Distancing and Isolation, urging staffers to let employees and volunteers work from home whenever possible and to limit physical contact with others.
  • Dr. Marc Lipsitch, professor of Epidemiology at Harvard, said earlier this month that he believes about 40% to 70% of the world's population could eventually become infected with the virus, and of those, about 1% will die.
Fighting to Make 1% a Reality - Case Fatality Rate of 1% is a Goal, Not Automatic!
  • A 1% Case Mortality Rate for COVID-19 is not automatic. 1% or less is Achievable and Possible but assumes infected people get critical medical care.
  • Each person has a role to play to help the world ensure the death rate is 1% or less.
  • Your role is simple: Don't spread the disease. Prevent yourself from being exposed and prevent spreading it to others.
  • The goal is to delay, as much as possible, the peak of infections so as to not overwhelm Medical infrastructure.
  • As we have seen in China, Iran and Italy, Case Fatality Rates of 3.5% (China), 8% (Iran) and 6% (Italy) are probable with COVID-19 once Hospital systems become overwhelmed.
  • The goal for each American is simply this: Do everything you can to not get infected - Wash your hands, don't touch your face, clean surfaces regularly, socially distance yourself from others, etc.
  • And if you do get sick: Stay HOME! Don't go out, isolate yourself as much as possible. And if you must go out, wear a surgical mask or respirator to lower how much virus you're shedding to others.
  • No masks do not reduce your infective rate to zero, but they can capture most droplets you breathe or cough out, significantly reducing how much virus each person spreads.

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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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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