A volunteer works at a pop-up grocery store in Norcross, Georgia, May 8. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Grocery staples in the U.S. cost more in the last month than in almost 50 years, according to new data out Tuesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why it matters: Children in the U.S. are currently facing "unprecedented" food insecurity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. High prices for basic grocery items could further harm low-income Americans currently weathering abysmal job loss and challenging economic conditions.

By the numbers: Consumers paid 4.3% more for meats, poultry, fish and eggs in April than in March, the Labor Department found. Cereals and bakery products cost 2.9% more in the same time frame.

  • U.S. consumers paid 2.6% more overall for groceries in April — the largest single-month increase since February 1974, according to the Labor Department.

Context: Meat processing plants in more than a dozen states closed in April, hurting output of beef, pork, poultry and fish.

  • At least 5,000 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths have occurred in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities across the U.S., the CDC found in early May.

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World coronavirus updates

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New Zealand confirmed Thursday there are 13 local cases linked to the four who tested positive for COVID-19, ending 102 days of no community spread. Auckland locked down Wednesday for 72 hours and the rest of NZ is under lesser restrictions.

By the numbers: Over 751,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and another 20.7 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. More than 12.8 million have recovered from the virus.

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U.S. records deadliest coronavirus day of the summer

Healthcare workers handling coronavirus tests in Los Angeles on August 11. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S. reported 1,485 deaths due to the coronavirus on Wednesday, COVID Tracking Project data shows.

Why it matters: It's the highest single-day COVID-19 death toll since May 15, when the country reported 1,507 deaths. The U.S. has seen a total of 157,758 deaths from the virus.

New Jersey governor allows schools to reopen for in-person learning

Gov. Phil Murphy in December 2019. Phoot: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced Wednesday he will sign an executive order allowing private and public K-12 schools and universities to reopen for in-person learning in September.

The big picture: New York and New Jersey have now authorized school districts to begin reopening. Both states and Connecticut ordered travelers from 31 states to quarantine before crossing their state borders after they were able to manage the pandemic.