"The deaths touch the 100,000, an incalculable loss," the New York Times on one of the most painful covers in its history. Below, and as a tribute, the names of a part of those killed by COVID-19 in the country, the most hit in the world by the pandemic, appear.
“The 1,000 people named here reflect only 1% of the figures. Neither was a mere number, "says the newspaper. “They were not just names on a list. It was us ”, sentence.
"The numbers alone make it impossible to measure the impact of the coronavirus in the US, be it the number of patients, lost jobs or lives cut short", explains the newspaper on the first page that will be distributed tomorrow, May 24. And adds: "As the country approaches the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths, The New York Times reviewed the victims' obituaries. ”
The cover remembers those 1,000 victims, details their ages and where they lived. The tribute turns the cold numbers that the authorities confirm every day into faces, broken families, shattered dreams and shattered futures. So, the data proves to be more powerful than any adjective.
The special coverage covers the obituaries of the dead so that the entire country knows their stories, in the same way that the O’ Globo newspaper did weeks ago with the 15,000 victims of the pandemic in Brazil.
The tribute cover is published when the officially reported deaths touch the horrifying figure of 100,000 and the infected number exceed 1,600,000, in an unprecedented crisis in the country most hit by the pandemic - by far. Neither in Pearl Harbor nor in the brutal attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did the US put so many dead: in 1941, in the surprise Japanese attack on the Hawaii military base, 2,400 Americans lost their lives, while another 2,996 were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
According to the Johns Hopkins University independent count, As of May 23, 97,048 people died from COVID-19 in the United States. The state of New York remains the great epicenter of the pandemic in the country with 358,154 confirmed cases and more than 29,000 deaths, a figure similar to that of Spain and only below the United Kingdom and Italy. More than 21,000 people have died in New York City alone.
New York is followed by neighboring New Jersey with 152,579 confirmed cases and 11,000 deaths, the state of Illinois, with 105,444 infections and 4,790 deaths, and Massachusetts, which has reported 90,889 positive for coronavirus and 6,300 deaths. Other states with large numbers of deaths are Michigan (5,158), Pennsylvania (5,100), California (3,727), and Connecticut, with 3,675.
The balance approximates the initial estimates of the White House, which projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths at best; But it has already far exceeded the more optimistic calculations made afterwards by President Donald Trump of between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths.
The cover is also a message for the American president, which regularly explains that without their measures, the dead could have exceeded 2 million. "They are an incalculable loss," recalls the impressive holder with the power of a dagger.
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