'Incalculable loss': New York Times covers front page with 1,000 Covid-19 death notices
As US Covid-19 death toll nears 100,000, Times presents a tribute to some of the Americans to fall victim to the disease
In a decision the paper said was intended to convey the vastness and variety of the tragedy, the front page is a simple list of names and personal details taken from obituaries around the US.The headline is “US deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss”, with a sub-heading that reads: “They were not simply names on a list. They were us.”
The entire list, which continues inside, numbers nearly 1,000 names – a fraction of the total loss of life in the US during the outbreak so far.The US death toll stands at more than 97,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, by far the highest in the world, and the Times said it had been considering how to mark expected milestone of 100,000 deaths.
In an article for Times Insider, assistant graphics editor Simone Landon explained the treatment was a way of personalising the tragedy as readers and staff developed data fatigue from the constant reporting of the pandemic.Landon led a team of researchers in searching obituaries in hundreds of US newspapers that listed Covid-19 as the cause of death and extracting names and key personal details “that depicted the uniqueness of each life lost”, such as: “Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with ‘the most amazing ear”.
Tom Bodkin, its chief creative officer, said the all-text treatment referenced early newspaper designs, but that he could not remember another front page without an image in his 40 years at the paper. “This is certainly a first in modern times,” Bodkin said.
The Times tweeted an image of the front page on Saturday afternoon and within hours had 61,000 retweets and more than 116,00 likes.Monday in the US is Memorial Day, the traditional start of the American summer, and some experts fear that the return of warmer weather combined with a loosening of lockdowns around the country could trigger a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.
On Friday, White House coronavirus taskforce member Dr Anthony Fauci said new localised outbreaks were “inevitable” as mitigation measures were relaxed. He said a full-blown second wave could be avoided if the holy grail of containment measures – testing, quarantine and contact tracing – continued to be adhered to.
Fauci said he was hopeful that the US would be ready, though a recent study by Harvard University found that only nine states were conducting, or near to conducting, the minimum recommended testing. Hours after Fauci spoke, Donald Trump ignored health guidance and ordered houses of worship to open for in-person services at the weekend.
I tried to recreate it here Classy thing to do, My dear friends, please never forget that the Communist China hide the truth of the Covid-19. Blame them for the loss!!! And the U.K. papers don’t even show the extend of the pandemic on their front pages. And it turns out not all of these people died from corona
Well done reminding everyone that they were people not just numbers😓😥 Dear Americans, who did it to you homeland? Your president Trump or communist China? In the US, at least the victims of Covid-19 were recorded and mourned. In Japan, thousands of Covid-19 victims are hidden by the government. Since Shinzo Abe's gov't has made vast effort to limit the number of PCR tests, thousands of suspicious deaths weren't tested.
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Heartbreaking. We will not forget them Please do similar for UK. It's only by making large numbers real that people can truly comprehend the depth & despair of this disaster and the distaste of Dominic Cummings' deceitful & disrespectful actions If the US would have tested with the same intensity as South Korea, about 23,000 out of their 31,000 reported deaths 45 days after the pandemic outbreak could have been avoided. Tests save lives!
200K die every year in Florida alone. Do stop the fake hysteria Is Trump the only POTUS killing more own people than foreign civilians? Trumpgate 😥 R.I.P. For all the people saying it’s ‘only a small percentage’: every one is an individual not just statistic and they matter. You mean 100,000 The 6th name on the list was a homicide.
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Asi México y el Cacas al mando. In Brazil our president said it was a “little Flu”. Today Brazil got more than 20000 dead. Is the loss calculable about about the peoples of the Middle East massacred by the United States? GoHomeTRUMP Ignorante!!... Bull Sad. Sad number of lives lost. RIP each person. Tuck Frump! Trump started the ball rolling on ww3 too by dropping out of the Iran and Russian nuke deals, now Trump is threatening new nuclear bomb tests so of course the stakes are higher and so Kim Jong-un has to prove he can p!ss just as far.
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