New York Times fills cover with names of COVID-19 dead

New York Times fills cover with names of COVID-19 dead

The New York Times has filled the cover page of its Sunday’s edition with the names of those who have died from the novel coronavirus. All of the usua

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The New York Times has filled the cover page of its Sunday’s edition with the names of those who have died from the novel coronavirus. All of the usual articles, photographs and graphics were replaced by the list of names and excerpts from their obituaries to memorialise the dead as the U.S. approaches the “grim milestone” of 100,000 coronavirus fatalities, the news outlet wrote.

The assistant editor of the paper’s graphics desk Simone Landon said she and her colleagues realised that “both among ourselves and perhaps in the general public, there’s a little bit of fatigue with the data.”

The page was put together by a researcher who combed through online sources for obituaries and death notices and compiled a list of nearly 1,000 names, the newspaper said in an announcement Saturday. Short passages were lifted to use on the front page and give a sense of the uniqueness of each life lost.

Overall, the U.S. has confirmed about 1.6 million cases, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. currently has the world’s highest number of deaths related to the disease. In New York State, the U.S. state hit hardest by the pandemic, there are more than 360,000 confirmed cases and about 29,000 deaths.