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Daily turns front page black to mark sombre pandemic milestone

A regional daily turned its front page black as it marked a sobre coronavirus milestone for its patch.

The Hull Daily Mail also featured the faces of some of Hull’s Covid-19’s victims on its cover after the thousandth death as a result of the illness was recorded in the city.

The splash was based on an idea from the Mail’s content desk and print team.

Editor Jamie Macaskill told HTFP the front page, published on Friday and pictured below, aimed to “show the real cost of Covid”.

Hull 1,000

He said: “So much coverage of coronavirus and the pandemic is data, numbers and statistics.

“What we tried to do with this front page was to show the real cost of Covid; the huge loss of life, the broken families and the heartache this disease has caused across our community. People are still dying in our hospitals.

“The content desk and print team did an excellent job of making this a human story, reflected in a powerful front page. It has also generated a huge response on Hull Live and our social media platforms.

“Clearly everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, by lockdowns, disruption and illness.

“But I think people are genuinely shocked when they consider how many lives have been lost locally to coronavirus.”