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This Sunday will be America's biggest test yet for whether people can social distance long enough to flatten the coronavirus curve.
Why it matters: Glimmers of hope in New York and San Francisco aren't a license to mingle. For many families, the holiday could pit relative against relative over how seriously to take social distancing on one of the biggest family gathering days of the year.
The big picture: Thousands of Americans died from coronavirus this week, and New York has more cases than every country outside the U.S.
Easter Sunday is a high-attendance day for Christian churches, and many other families plan gatherings around the secular edition.
Between the lines: Group gatherings, including religious events and family celebrations, appear to be a major contributor to community spread, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
One indicator people may be keeping their distance: Customers have been buying less food for their family gatherings.
The bottom line: Lockdowns won't lift "until we know this country is going to be healthy," President Trump said today.
Above: Notre Dame celebrates Good Friday, just days shy of the anniversary of the fire on April 15, 2019.
Below: People pray in an old Volkswagen bus during a service at a drive-in cinema in Germany.
Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images
Health care workers in Europe who've recovered from coronavirus are going back to the front lines, AP reports.
Why it matters: “It helps a lot for them to return to work, and especially for them to return with immunization," said Dr. Julio Mayol, medical director of the San Carlos Clinic Hospital in Madrid.