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🇬🇧 Breaking: Boris Johnson was discharged from a London hospital and will continue his COVID-19 recovery at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence. — Reuters
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The titans of the retail industry — Amazon, Walmart, Target and Costco — are poised to come out of the coronavirus crisis even stronger and more formidable than they were before, Erica Pandey writes.
Why it matters: The pandemic will permanently reshape America's retail landscape — accelerating a winner-take-all race that started taking shape before stores were forced to close.
What's happening: With piles of cash, extensive delivery networks and massive physical footprints to navigate the pandemic, America’s biggest retailers are raking in sales.
Amazon has "essentially become infrastructure," says Sally Hubbard, a director at the Open Markets Institute and a former assistant attorney general in New York's antitrust bureau.
42 million to 54 million American jobs (out of roughly 150 million) are vulnerable to reductions in hours or pay, temporary furloughs, or permanent layoffs during the virus crisis, Kim Hart writes from an analysis by McKinsey Global Institute.
13 million vulnerable jobs are in the restaurant industry.
Demand is surging in some areas: The McKinsey report estimates that up to 3 million workers could find short-term employment in grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, e-commerce warehouses and as delivery drivers.
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"Throughout January, as Mr. Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus and focused on other issues, an array of figures inside his government ... sounded alarms," the N.Y. Times reports in a six-byline, 5,500-word look-back spread over three pages of the Sunday paper.
The piece includes excerpts from a "Red Dawn" email chain, "an inside joke based on the 1984 movie about a band of Americans trying to save the country after a foreign invasion."
Keep reading (outside paywall).
Above: Rabbi Shlomo Segal holds a Seder plate in front of a YouTube screen during a virtual Passover meal from the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.
Below: The Rev. Nicolas Sanchez takes a phone call from a parishioner after live-streaming Good Friday Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in L.A.
Above: Spotted at an Easter parade in Orlando.
Below: The annual Easter Bunny Parade in Valrico, Fla., became a motorcade. But the egg hunt and candy toss were canceled.
Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, 38, has announced that instead of being on the ballot in November for a second term, he'll leave office to become a Roman Catholic priest, the N.Y. Times' Frank Bruni writes in a delightful Easter column:
At the age of 8, he lost his sight: A rare cancer forced the removal of both of his retinas. ..."From Braille to Yale" was how he often described his journey. ...
"I was in talks with a top literary agent in New York about a book deal, and it was all predicated on my biography, my identity," he told me recently. He could feel himself being sucked into "a celebrity culture" in American politics that had nothing to do with public service. He could feel himself being swallowed by pride.
"How many ways," he said, "can you be called a rising star?" ...
He is entering the Jesuit religious order, whose intensive, extensive ordination process typically takes about 10 years and involves vows of poverty and obedience as well as chastity.
And he committed to this course just as political gossips speculated about a heady promotion for him. He was a lock for re-election, as is the state’s governor, Jay Inslee. But in one scenario, a Joe Biden presidency could lead to a high-level administration position for Inslee, who would then have to step down. His lieutenant governor would immediately take his place.
Keep reading (subscription).
"[E]ven the most powerful people in our society are at the mercy of a virus that knows no rank and no title," TIME CEO and editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes in a letter introducing this week's cover package.
Read the stories of "courageous workers risking their own lives to save ours."
After a month's hiatus, "Saturday Night Live" tried its first quarantine version, with coronavirus pioneer Tom Hanks, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and the entire cast phoning in with jokes from home, AP's David Bauder writes.
McKinnon portrayed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doing a home workout.
Alec Baldwin, portraying President Trump, called in to "Weekend Update" — sans video, since Baldwin didn't have access to makeup.
The Cocoatree chocolate shop in Lonzee, Belgium, is trying to preserve some of the Easter fun of sticky brown fingers — and chomping on hollow ears.
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