NYT Devotes Front Page to COVID Dead

Nellie Chapman
May 25, 2020

Just two countries in the world have reported more deaths than the USA fourth-most populous state.

Alain Delaquérière, a researcher at the paper, combed through a bunch of online newspapers to find obituaries where the cause of death was listed as COVID-19.

Departments across The Times have been robustly covering the coronavirus pandemic for months.

What followed was a list of almost 1,000 names of Americans who have died from COVID-19.

"We knew we were approaching this milestone", she added.

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PS: It recalled for one reader the Life magazine project in 1969 to illustrate with photo and name all those who died in Vietnam in one week, which happened to include Memorial Day. The US now has the world's highest number of deaths related to the disease - more than 97,400. The list of victims is also published on the newspaper's website.

Short passages were lifted to use on the front page and give a sense of the "uniqueness of each life lost", including "Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with "the most incredible ear" and "Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, renowned for her business making detailed pins and corsages".

"Florencio Almazo Morán, 65, New York City, one-man army ..."

More than 97,000 American COVID-19 patients have died and the country's death toll is expected to move past 100,000 in the coming weeks. Marc Lacey, the paper's national editor, said, "I wanted something that people would look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we're living through". "Our original tweet containing an image of that front page has been deleted and replaced with an image of the late edition", the Times wrote on Twitter.

She chose to name people than putting 100,000 dots because that will not tell anyone about who these people were and how valuable were they for the country. It will likely spark some reflection as to what constitutes heroism and why we honor some deaths and not others.

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