Boston Globe prints 16 pages of obituaries in one day as coronavirus cases increase

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The Boston Globe’s Sunday print edition contained 16 pages of obituaries, a grim reflection of the growing number of new coronavirus cases and deaths.

This is more than double the number of pages with obituaries as published the same Sunday in 2019, according to CBS News. The previous Sunday, the Globe published 11 pages of tributes.

The tributes that took place on Sunday came from all over Massachusetts as well as other states and countries. They included New Jersey, Texas, California, Italy and Ireland, among others.

The Boston Globe accepts obituaries from funeral homes, friends and relatives of those who have passed away. The exact number of pandemic-related deaths is unclear, although several have mentioned loved ones fighting the coronavirus before their deaths.

Other newspapers around the world have observed similar trends during the pandemic. According to the New York Times, an Italian newspaper that usually only publishes a single page of obituaries published 10 pages on a Friday in March.

On Monday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the total number of coronavirus cases in the United States was more than 746,000 with a total of 39,085 deaths. Massachusetts has 39,643 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday.

Over the weekend, mass governor Charlie Baker (R) warned that the state was becoming a hot spot for COVID-19, saying “we are in the middle of the wave now.”

Deaths from the virus in the state are expected to exceed 2,000 this week, and authorities are working to provide more supplies to hospitals as they fight the epidemic.



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