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The New York Times marks the grim milestone of the US corona virus with the list of victims on the front page

NEW YORK (AFP) – As the United States approached 100,000 coronavirus deaths, The New York Times marked the grim milestone on Sunday (May 24) with a grim memorial on the front page – one-line death notices for 1,000 victims.

“The 1,000 people here only reflect one percent of the toll. Neither was a mere amount, ”the newspaper said in a brief introduction to the front page, which was entirely in text.

The United States is by far the most affected country in the coronavirus pandemic in terms of deaths and infection rates.

On Saturday night, the US had registered 97,048 deaths and 1.6 million cases of the virus, and will kill 100,000 in a few days.

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

Also: “Myles Coker, 69, New York City, released from prison life,” “Ruth Skapinok, 85, Roseville, California, backyard birds were known to eat from her hand,” and “Jordan Driver Haynes , 27, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, generous young man with a lovely grin. ‘

Marc Lacey, the newspaper’s national editor, said, “I wanted something people would look back in 100 years to understand the toll of what we’re going through.”

The milestone of 100,000 deaths loomed as US states across the country relaxed closure measures.

In view of his reelection prospects in November, US President Donald Trump has pushed for a further reopening of the country as job losses increase and the economy slows by halting the corona virus.

“TRANSITION TO GREATNESS,” Trump tweeted Saturday night, his slogan for America’s reopening.

But many online commentators noted the dissonance between the dizzying death toll and Trump’s tweet.

George Conway, a frequent critic of Trump and husband of White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, posted a tweet from the front page of the newspaper – alongside a photo of Trump playing golf on Saturday.

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