US newspaper publishes 15 pages of obituary as Covid-19 crisis continues
Leading American daily Boston Globe published 15 pages of obituary in its Sunday edition, as Massachusetts reels under Covid-19 crisis.
Massachusetts has had more than 38,000 cases of the virus and more than 1,700 deaths. Boston officials said the Dorchester neighbourhood alone has had more than 1,270 cases.
Republican Governor Charlie Baker appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and said the state is “right in the middle of the surge now”.
Many users on Twitter said they have never seen obituary listings taking up almost an entire page. Others were reminded of similar scenes from Italy, one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Boston Globe had 15 pages of obituaries today. Let that sink in,” tweeted a user Edward Hardy.
“A month ago a video from Bergamo Italy showed page after page of obituaries ... Boston Globe Obituaries April 19, 2020. 15 Pages,” tweeted Nathaniel Mulcahy, Green New Deal Democrat running to represent the people of Massachusetts 6th district in Congress.
The United States has so far recorded more than 7,58,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 41,000 deaths, far more than any other country.
New York has borne the brunt of the virus, which has killed more than 18,000 people in the state, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.
Cuomo announced this week that New York’s shutdown has been extended until May 15.
While some governors warned that the administration has failed to adequately boost testing, thousands of Americans were flouting stay-at-home orders to protest their states’ prolonged closures.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong next week to mark the 25th anniversary of the former British colony's 1997 return to China, state news agency Xinhua announced on Saturday, in what would be his first publicised trip outside the mainland since January, 2020, weeks after the Covid-19 virus was detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The handover of Hong Kong took place on July 1, 1997.
The Padma bridge across the river of the same name in Bangladesh will be inaugurated by Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina today. According to reports by local news outlet The Daily Star, 'thousands have started joining a mammoth rally since early morning...' and the gathering wears a 'festive look... with colourful banners... singing songs and dancing'. Around 3,000 eminent people have been invited to the inauguration, the Daily Star report said.
Tech giant Google on Saturday honoured Holocaust victim Anne Frank and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the publication of her memoir, 'The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank' by a doodle video. The doodle shows real excerpts from her diary, which describes what she and her friends and family experienced in hiding for over two years from the Nazi rule. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Pakistan's higher education commission has now suggested a novel way to cut expenditure on the import of tea. The HEC says the move will not only increase employment, but also generate income for the public amid the ongoing economic crisis in the country. One of the suggested measures include promoting local tea plantations and also locally manufactured and healthy drinks like 'lassi' and 'sattu'. Pakistan is facing a severe economic crisis in recent times.
The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. “I trust that with this ruling it will be possible to abolish abortion in the United States and throughout the world,” said anti-abortion president of Fundacion Vida SV, campaigner Sara Larin.