The New York Times filled the front page of its Sunday issue with the names of those who died of the coronavirus in an unprecedented step, the Associated Press reported.
The usual articles and photos have been replaced by a list of names and excerpts from obituaries in memory of coronavirus victims in the United States, which approximate the “dark horn” of 100,000 deaths.
According to the deputy editor of the graphic department of the newspaper Simon Landon, she and her colleagues realized that they themselves, and perhaps the general public, are beginning to feel some fatigue from the data, DPA reported.
The list of nearly 1000 names is accompanied by short passages, suggesting the feeling of uniqueness of each lost life.
The six columns are titled “American Deaths Approach 100,000 – Unexpected Loss” and subtitled “They Weren’t Just Names on a List. They Were Us.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 96,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
In New York State, the worst affected by the pandemic, there are more than 360,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and about 29,000 deaths.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced the good news that the state had registered the lowest number of deaths in a day in weeks – 84, after a peak of 799 on April 8.
For the first time since March, the daily number is a two-digit number, the AP notes.
“For me, this is a sign that we are making real progress,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing.
The number of hospitalized patients in the state – the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, continues to decline – to about 4600./BTA