The New York Times dedicates the front page and three inside pages to the names of about 1,000 victims of Covid-19 deaths with the description “untold”.
The front page of the New York Times on 24/5 does not have any photos, news, advertisements. The entire page is filled with the names of those who died, under the headline “Number of deaths in the US nearly 100,000, an unspeakable loss”.
Many experts say that the number of deaths due to Covid-19 may be higher than stated, due to the fact that some of the victims died at home or were not included in the deaths due to other reasons. However, when the number of deaths from the pandemic in the US reached nearly 100,000, the New York Times editors and reporters tried to show the losses that occurred over the past few months on their own terms.
“We think there should be a way to list that number,” Simone Landon, assistant editor of the newspaper’s Graphic department, said in a behind-the-scenes reportage.
Landon said the project was also “a bit tired”. The national emergency that lasted from week to month created a certain level of paralysis and the numbers were difficult to grasp.
So the newspaper gathered the names and stories of Covid-19 victims from newspapers across the United States.
“The 1,000 people here reflect only 1% of the deaths,” the listing description says. “No one is just a number.”
The names of the victims were divided into columns, reflecting both life and death: Angeline Michalopulos, 92, “was never afraid to sing or dance”. Lila Fenwick, 87, is “the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School”. Romi Cohn, 91, “saved 56 Jewish families from Nazi secret police”. April Dunn, 33, is “a disability rights advocate.” Skylar Herbert, 5, is “Michigan’s smallest Covid-19 victim”. Philip Kahn, 100, “veterans of World War II had two twins died in the Spanish flu a century ago.”
Covid-19 has appeared in more than 210 countries and territories with nearly 5.5 million people infected with nCoV, of which more than 346,000 died. The United States, the world’s largest epidemic region, currently records more than 99,000 deaths out of a total of nearly 1.7 million infections. New York, the hardest hit state due to Covid-19, reported 360,000 infections, of which nearly 23,300 were fatal.
A study by Columbia University on 22/5 said that about 35,700 people could have been saved if the Americans separated the community a week earlier.
Dan Barry, a veteran writer of the New York Times, has written an essay in the newspaper “Human Damage” due to the pandemic to date.
“Imagine,” he wrote. “A city of 100,000 people was here on New Year’s Day but has now been removed from the US map.”