NYTimes marks grim US virus milestone with front page victim list

Image of the day NYTimes front page coronavirus victim list

As the United States death toll from the coronavirus pandemic nears 100,000, the Sunday front page of the New York Times will feature 1,000 obituaries of those who died from the COVID-19 disease.

The newspaper's cover headline, which reads "U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, an Incalculable Loss", has divided Twitter, with confused users questioning how The New York Times predicts tomorrow's fatalities, while others blamed US President Donald Trump for a weak response to the virus crisis in the country.

"They were us", the paper states.

"Joe Diffie, 62, Nashville, Grammy-winning country music star", and "Lila A. Fenwick, 87, New York City, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School", victims featured by the Times included.

In an article for Times Insider, assistant graphics editor Simone Landon explained the treatment was a way of personalising the tragedy as readers and staff developed data fatigue from the constant reporting of the pandemic.


"We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number", she added".

One thousand COVID-19 victims were named across the front page and inside the paper - representing just one per cent of the current death toll - on Sunday, to mark the "vastness and the variety of lives lost".

According to a John Hopkins University tally, 96,983 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus.

The entire list, which continues inside, numbers almost 1,000 names - a fraction of the total loss of life in the USA during the outbreak so far.

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