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Wednesday Coronavirus Update: The U.S. Surpasses One Million Cases Worldwide

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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, April 29. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are over three million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 217,000 deaths, per data from Johns Hopkins.

The U.S. has surpassed one million cases and 58,000 deaths.

Spain has over 230,000 cases and 23,000 deaths and Italy has 200,000 cases and 27,000 deaths.

The U.S.’s death toll from the virus has surpassed the death toll from the Vietnam war.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Tuesday ordering meat plants to stay open under the Defense Production Act.

The government will provide additional personal protective gear for employees.

The decision was made after Tyson published a page-long ad in the New York Times warning of a possible meat supply after closing its largest pork processing plant in the U.S.

In the letter, John Tyson--chairman of Tyson--said that the food supply chain was “breaking” and “vulnerable.”

“As pork, beef and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” Tyson wrote in the ad.

Experts had estimated that 80% of the U.S. production capacity could shut down.

President Trump’s order will impact all processing plants supplying beef, chicken, eggs and pork, not just Tyson.

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