Patricia Flood, who has health issues, peeks out of her home in Bristow, Okla. (Nick Oxford for The Post)
Patricia Flood, who has health issues, peeks out of her home in Bristow, Okla. (Nick Oxford for The Post)
The sun rises behind a crude oil storage facility in Cushing, Okla. (Getty Images)
The sun rises behind a crude oil storage facility in Cushing, Okla. (Getty Images)
Kansas National Guard members wait at a drive-thru covid-19 testing site. (AP)
Kansas National Guard members wait at a drive-thru covid-19 testing site. (AP)

Covid-19’s new surge across rural America

As deaths near 100,000, the pandemic that first struck cities now strains counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, isolated prisons and few hospital beds.

For many, death counts become a macabre ritual

The Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard is recording 4 billion hits a day as the nation endures death at a pace rarely seen.

On pandemic’s front lines, grocery workers are in dark about risks

At least 100 U.S. grocery workers have died from the virus since late March, and at least 5,500 others have tested positive, according to a Post review.

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Mail-in voting can be thwarted by poorly designed ballots and undercounted votes
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Protesters march along a downtown street in Hong Kong on Sunday during a demonstration against Beijing's national security legislation. (Vincent Yu/AP)

Hong Kong police use tear gas against thousands protesting new China law

The new law put forward by Beijing will largely end Hong Kong’s autonomy. Refrains of last years protests — “fight for freedom,” “stand with Hong Kong” — echoed on the streets among people of all ages.

Chinese foreign minister warns U.S. against taking the countries ‘to the brink of a new Cold War’

Relations between Beijing and Washington are at their worst in 40 years.

Grassley facing stiffest challenge in Senate career as inspectors general defender

Amid President Trump’s rapid-fire dismissals of the watchdogs, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), in a self-appointed role, has refrained from taking aggressive action.
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Political fights break out as dozens of states modify voting rules

In response to covid-19, nearly 30 states have changed voting rules or practices this year, affecting roughly 86.6 million registered voters.
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President Trump stops to talk to reporters before departing for Camp David on May 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Trump returns to 2016 message of disruption

The president’s reluctance to recalibrate his political tactics during the pandemic could determine whether he wins another term, say campaign officials, strategists and pollsters on both sides of the aisle.

Netanyahu’s corruption trial opens in Israeli courtroom

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, charged with accepting bribes and committing fraud and breach of trust in office, has refused to step down during three years of investigation.

Two years after summit with Trump, Kim vows to boost North Korea’s nuclear deterrent

Kim Jong Un has turned his back on denuclearization talks with the United States.
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Shoppers walk through the Kantamanto market in Accra after coronavirus restrictions in parts of Ghana were lifted in April. (Nipah Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Some American nurses are facing pay cuts. But around the world, many are getting huge raises.

In Ghana, health-care workers got a 50 percent raise on top of tax waivers during the pandemic, while Canada announced salary hikes, and France pledged bonuses for doctors and nurses as part of its $120 billion rescue package.
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A discarded face mask is seen near the Asbury Park Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ., on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
A discarded face mask is seen near the Asbury Park Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ., on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

As New Jersey opens its beaches for Memorial Day, the mantra is ‘safety first’

In the state with the second-worst outbreak in America, Asbury Park, N.J., faces the holiday weekend with caution.

‘Pillbillies’ parody made the rounds at opioid distributor, documents show

The email with the parody song was sent around by employees of AmerisourceBergen, one of the nation’s biggest drug distributors, according to a court filing.
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Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win at the 2019 Coca-Cola 600. (Getty Images)

NASCAR continues its suddenly jam-packed Cup Series slate with the Coca-Cola 600

There will be no fans in attendance Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with further social distancing protocols in place. But the big race is being held, as usual, on Memorial Day weekend, which could provide fans with at least some sense of normalcy.
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Viral images of a packed Ocean City boardwalk and a mask-free Gov. Ralph Northam (D) mingling with crowds had many wondering whether safety guidelines meant to contain the disease were being taken seriously.

Northam slammed for mingling in Virginia Beach without a mask

The governor appeared to violate his own social distancing recommendations by posing for pictures.
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Demarcus Cooper does a flip off the diving board at the Banneker Pool in Washington in 2018. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)

Community pools are a summer staple. Now covid-19 threatens to keep them shut.

Families in the Washington region are asking themselves: Can it really be summer if there is no place to swim?
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The fourth — and final — outing in the series of improvisatory films mixes the serious with the sublimely silly.
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This chickpea salad has a royal backstory that doesn’t involve chickpeas

It's based on a chicken dish created for Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation.
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)

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A couple returned from overseas and entered a 14-day quarantine in a Beijing hotel, but in separate rooms. This is their journey in photos, comics and words.
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