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The U.S. death toll spiked sharply, and sick workers were putting a strain on the nation’s meat supply, but the national payday prompted by the coronavirus pandemic arrived Wednesday for more than 80 million Americans.

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Payments of up to $1,200 per person were being transferred into bank accounts as the federal government injects vast sums of money into the economy left battered by stay-at-home orders.

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