The New York Times published in the front page a thousand names of coronavirus deaths


American newspaper The New York Times published on the front page of Sunday’s issue a thousand names of the dead in the United States due to coronavirus infections, as well as short obituaries.

“On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times has a list instead of articles, photos, or graphics. A long, sad list of people whose lives were taken by the coronavirus pandemic, ”editors said on Saturday. They explained that the publication was dedicated to the fact that in the United States the number of deaths from a disease caused by a virus should reach 100 thousand in the near future.

“1 thousand people – this is only one percent of the total number of deaths,” – stated on the front page.

Employees of the publication studied hundreds of newspapers that appeared in different cities of the United States. They compiled a list of about a thousand names of those people whose death due to The virus was reported by the publication. Journalists took from a printed obituary one phrase that “captures the uniqueness of each lost life,” and also indicated at what age and in which city the person died.

Speaking about the purpose for which this list is published, one of the editors of The New York Times Mark Lacy noted:

I wanted people to be able to look at this in 100 years and understand how much loss we had.

Mark Lacey

editor of The New York Times

Director of Design at The New York Times Tom Bodkin said that over the past 40 years there has never been a case where the front page of The New York Times, in addition to text, would not be placed any Images.

According to Johns Hopkins University, which makes calculations based on information from federal and local authorities, more than 1.6 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the United States, over 97 thousand people died.

Memorial Day is celebrated on Monday in the country. By tradition, on this day, Americans pay tribute to fellow citizens who fell in the fields of all wars that ever led by the United States.


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