"Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with the most amazing ear", "Lila A. Fenwick, 87, New York City, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School". "Ruth Skapinok, 85, Roseville, California, the garden birds came to eat in her hand." "Jordan Driver Haynes, 27, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, generous young man with an enchanting smile", "Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, haberdasher, known for her retail pins and corsages", "Coby Adolph, 44 years, Chicago, entrepreneur and adventurer ”… All died of coronavirus in the United States.
To mark the imminent passage of the terrible milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths in the country, the New York Times has chosen to devote its Sunday front page to a thousand of these people. Each is accompanied by a short description. "A presentation of obituaries and obituaries from newspapers across the country attempts to describe the untold loss," said the American daily.
"I wanted something people could read again in 100 years to understand the weight of what we're going through," said Marc Lacey, the newspaper's national editor, in an email to his editor.
No doubt 113,000 victims in mid-June
This Sunday morning, the continuous census of Johns-Hopkins University displays the final title of 97,087 deaths for 1,622,670 cases. Between Friday evening and Saturday evening, there were 1,127 more deaths. Between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, there are a thousand additional infected people. A recent study from the University of Massachusetts estimated that 113,000 victims could be expected in mid-June.
While many states have decided to ease containment measures, what Donald Trump has been calling for for more than three weeks, George Conway, a critic of the president and the husband of a White House counselor Kellyanne Conway , tweeted a photo from the front page alongside a photo of Trump playing golf on Saturday. The president had gone to play for the first time since March 8 at his club in Virginia, near Washington.
pic.twitter.com/a9FJ86ro5O- George Conway (@ gtconway3d) May 23, 2020
"TRANSITION TO BIGGER," tweeted Donald Trump on Saturday evening, using the slogan he uses to advocate the reopening of the economy. Many commentators have nevertheless noted the dissonance between this tweet and the enormity of the human toll.
TRANSITION TO GREATNESS!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2020