Here are some significant developments:
- President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday evening, invoking the Defense Production Act, compelling meat processors to remain open to head off shortages in the nation’s food supply chains, despite mounting reports of plant worker deaths due to covid-19.
- "Quarantine fatigue” continued for a second week. Researchers say the cellphone location data for April 24 showed the second Friday in a row when people stayed home less, illustrating the start of a trend rather than a one-week blip.
- South Dakota, one of eight states that never issued a stay-at-home order, announced its back-to-normal plan. Meanwhile, Utah, another one of those states, said it would produce 2 million masks, and offer one to every state resident.
- Leaders of the Democratic-controlled House abandoned plans to return to Washington next week, less than 24 hours after members were told to prepare to meet, while the Republican-led Senate reiterated plans to return.
- Trump’s planned speech at the West Point graduation is creating logistics and health concerns.
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