On On Easter, and with deaths rising, questions about reopening the economy loom.
Christians across the United States prepared to celebrate Easter by gathering virtually on Sunday, largely following stay-at-home orders and guidance from health officials, while a handful of pastors in states like Louisiana and Mississippi planned to hold in-person services in defiance of restrictions on mass gatherings, citing their religious freedoms.
President Trump said on Twitter that he would watch the online service of First Baptist Dallas, led by , a prominent Trump supporter who has said that non-Christian religions are sending their followers to hell , linked President Barack Obama to the Antichrist, and said marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman.
Just a day earlier, the United States reached a grim milestone, surpassing Italy in the total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths, reaching its deadliest day on Friday with 2, deaths. As of Saturday night, the total stood at more than 25, 783.
Already the pandemic has put (more than) million people out of work , forcing Mr. Trump to grapple simultaneously with the most devastating public health and economic crises in a lifetime. He finds himself pulled in opposite directions, with bankers, corporate executives and industrialists pleading with him to reopen the country as soon as possible, while medical experts beg for more time to curb the coronavirus. The the country’s death toll , which has more than doubled over the past week, is now increasing by nearly 2, (most days.)