New York Times publishes names of 1,000 lives lost to coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2020

It didn't take long before sharp-eyed readers spotted a mistake on Sunday's front page of the New York Times: One of those listed as dying from the novel coronavirus was actually a homicide victim.

Landon argued that putting 100,000 dots on a page strips away the human aspect of the losses and doesn't tell much about who each person was.

Simone Landon, assistant editor of the New York Times Graphics desk, told the Times that she had wanted to convey the significance of losing almost 100,000 people and honored the diversity of those lost.

She said: "We knew we were approaching this milestone".


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

The page was put together by a researcher who combed through online sources for obituaries and death notices and compiled a list of almost 1000 names, the newspaper said in an announcement on Saturday. The global death toll is over 333,000 with 4,984 of those deaths occurring in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Indian Express is now on Telegram. A preview of the unique newspaper cover attracted significant attention over the weekend because it did not contain any stories or pictures - just the names of virus victims.

More than 98,705 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S.by Sunday morning, according to Worldometer, which culls data from Johns Hopkins University and recent media reports.


A "rich tapestry" of human life, the front page celebrated the likes of 81-year-old Alan Lund, from Washington, who carved out a career and life as a conductor with "the most incredible ear".

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.

New York City accounts for 197,000 infections and 16,149 fatalities.

"It was kind of running text with little subheads", Mr. Bodkin said, describing newspapers in the mid-1800s. The number "one hundred thousand" tolls again and again.


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