Putting faces to the numbers

In May, The New York Times dedicated its entire front page and three more pages inside to the victims of the novel coronavirus. A thousand of the tens of thousands of victims of the pandemic were named, while the paper dedicated a few brief words to their work, hobbies, age and place of residence. In the online edition, you could also see their photographs, along with a brief biography. What kind of life did these people lead until it was prematurely and painfully ended by a virus that still remains very much of a mystery?

The tribute also included a piece stating the obvious: that the numbers alone cannot illustrate the impact of the pandemic in the United States. Similar initiatives also took place in some European countries.

Yet in Greece, the dead remain faceless numbers. With few exceptions (such as prominent figures like set designer Ioulia Stavridou, doctor and...

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