President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order compelling meatpacking plants to stay open, despite a string of coronavirus deaths, in a bid to secure US food supplies,
the White House said Tuesday in a statement “President Trump is signing an Executive Order providing the authority to ensure the continued supply of beef, pork, and poultry to the American people,” the White House said in a statement.
“Under the order, the Department of Agriculture is directed to ensure America’s meat and poultry processors continue operations uninterrupted to the maximum extent possible.”
The statement added that the processing plants will be fully compliant with the CDC guidelines on health and safety during the pandemic.
US COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 58,300
Meanwhile, the number of daily deaths from coronavirus rose again in the US Tuesday, a tally from Johns Hopkins University showed, as the country’s total fatalities surpassed those of Americans in the Vietnam War.
In a 24-hour period to 8:30 pm (0030 GMT), there were 2,207 additional deaths, the Baltimore-based university said, after the daily toll had fallen to around 1,300 on Sunday and Monday.