Easter Sunday was spent under lockdown across the US as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 21,300.
In the latest sign of the disruption wrought by the disease, one of the country’s largest pork processing plants was shuttered after workers fell ill, and its owner warned the US was moving “perilously close to the edge” in supplies for grocers.
With almost everyone kept indoors under stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease, many turned to online church services to mark the holiest day in the Christian calendar.
The United States has recorded more fatalities from the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus than any other country in the world.
Roughly 2000 deaths a day were reported for the last four days in a row, the largest number in and around New York City.
Even that is viewed as understated, as New York is still figuring out how best to include a surge in deaths at home in its official statistics.
As the death toll has mounted, President Donald Trump mulled over when the country might begin a return to normality.
The sweeping restrictions on non-essential movement that were imposed in recent weeks across 42 states have taken a huge toll on commerce and raised questions over how long business closures and travel curbs can be sustained.
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in the last three weeks surpassed 16 million.
The Trump administration is setting May 1 as a target date for relaxing the stay-at-home restrictions, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn, said on Sunday.
But he cautioned that it was still too early to say whether that goal would be met.
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