Meat industry tries to get back to normal, but workers are still getting sick

More than 11,000 virus cases are tied to three major processors and more than 60 people have died throughout the industry, illustrating the challenge of reopening the country even for essential businesses.
President Trump, Vice President Pence and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. (Reuters)
President Trump, Vice President Pence and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. (Reuters)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, visit War Memorial Plaza in New Castle, Del., on Monday. (Reuters)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, visit War Memorial Plaza in New Castle, Del., on Monday. (Reuters)
Vietnam War veteran Bernie Klemanek, 73, of Mineral, Va., is seen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Monday. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Vietnam War veteran Bernie Klemanek, 73, of Mineral, Va., is seen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Monday. (Matt McClain/The Post)

Memorial Day offers an array of contrasts as Trump and Biden salute war dead — with and without masks

The disparate approaches played out as the country’s reported death toll approached 100,000.

Nightlife in Italy comes roaring back, alarming some politicians

The quick resumption of nightlife from Milan to Naples came as a reminder that even countries deeply scarred by the pandemic might struggle to put prolonged controls on crowds and carefree socializing.

While U.S. and Britain struggle to roll out contact tracing, Germany has been doing it from the start

In contrast to the tracing programs heralded in other countries, Germany’s effort is decidedly low-tech, relying heavily on phone calls.

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Those 65 and older in the swing state are moving toward Joe Biden amid the chaos of the Trump presidency and the coronavirus pandemic that has savaged the economy.

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Astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken. (SpaceX)

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Boris Johnson wants to reopen Britain’s schools in a week. Parents, teachers and local officials push back.

Johnson’s government is looking to Germany, Denmark and New Zealand. But Britain has been hit much harder by the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Tokyo lifts state of emergency, braces for ‘new lifestyle’ with the virus

Japan’s approach relies on social pressure rather than government edicts. Despite some shortcomings, it appears to be working.

In veterans’ home slammed by virus, chronic problems aided a disaster

Residential centers for the aged of all kinds have been hit hard by the virus, but the disaster at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state-run facility in western Massachusetts, has highlighted gaps in the patchwork oversight of state-run veterans’ homes.

Woman taken hostage by college student suspected of murder is found safe

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Members of the military place flags near headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in advance for Memorial Day. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
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Jennifer King has been a cop, a QB and a national champion. Next: Redskins assistant coach.

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Spike in D.C. numbers, crowds at region’s beaches renew virus concerns

A one-day jump in the District’s numbers raised questions about whether it can begin reopening as expected Friday.
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Cattle grazing at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. (White Oak Pastures)

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Supermarkets may have a limited supply of beef and chicken, but you can still get your meat at these online shops dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices.
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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