How this artist visualized the scale of human loss to COVID-19

Isle of Man treasury minister reveals ‘budget of resilience’

A “budget of resilience”, aimed at stabilising the Manx economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been unveiled by the treasury minister.

Setting out the present government’s final budget in Tynwald, Alfred Cannan said the public cost of coronavirus in 2020-21 had been about £208m. He said government spending would rise in the coming year to £1.161bn, which equated to £13,740 per person.

He also announced additional funding for health and climate change projects. Mr Cannan said the figure for Covid-19 spending included more than £100m spent on supporting the economy and revenue losses, which he said had seen a “very significant” £74m deficit…

How this artist visualized the scale of human loss to COVID-19

A person walks past the art installation “IN AMERICA How Could This Happen…” by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on the DC Armory Parade Ground, in Washington D.C., U.S., October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

For two months last year, anyone who passed by Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium, less than two miles from Capitol Hill, was faced with a sea of small white flags.

Before it was dismantled in November, the work totaled 250,000 white flags sprawled over several large fields, in neat rows. Each flag represented a single person who had died of the virus in the United States at the time. Visitors were able to personalize and plant their own flags to commemorate the dead.

Titled “IN AMERICA How Could This Happen …,” the public art installation was created by Maryland artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, who told the PBS NewsHour that it was partly a protest against how the federal government had handled the COVID-19 pandemic…

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