20,000 empty chairs set up outside White House on COVID-19 Remembrance Day

Nearly 210,000 lives have been lost to the coronavirus in the United States, and on Sunday, the first National COVID-19 Remembrance Day, a powerful installation was set up outside the White House to represent the toll the pandemic has taken on the nation. Twenty-thousand empty chairs were lined up on the Ellipse, a large lawn outside of the White House. Each one stands for 10 lives lost to COVID-19.

The organization COVID Survivors for Change set up the chairs and also live-streamed a program of “advocacy, art and real people’s stories.” The event was hosted by Grammy Award-winner and former U.S. Ambassador for Health Dionne Warwick, CBS affiliate WUSA reports.

Speakers included family members of those who have died from COVID-19, as well as survivors and frontline workers. 

20,000 Empty Chairs Placed Near White House To Remember 200,000 Lives Lost To COVID-19
20,000 empty chairs were set up outside the White House on Oct. 4, 2020, each representing 10 Americans who have died from COVID-19.


One of the speakers was Konah Bernard, whose mother, Dr. Maima Darbah Fahnbulleh, died from COVID-19 after contracting the virus in a nursing home in May, WUSA reports.

Bernard also shared her 73-year-old mother’s story with WUSA’s Jess Arnold, and described the day she had to say goodbye to her mom over Zoom. “I remember that dreadful morning,” Bernard said. “Time just stopped.”

Dr. Fahnbulleh, who was born in Liberia, “was a very vibrant person,” Bernard said. She received her Ph.D. in social work from Howard University, and had masters degrees in social work and public health, WUSA reported. 

“She spent most of her life advocating for people with disabilities, speaking for the disenfranchised and the people who didn’t really have a voice,” her daughter said.

The installation of 20,000 empty chairs was meant to serve as a wake-up call to the White House, WUSA reports. The event organizers and speakers like Bernard want the government to develop a national plan for safety and recovery. 

20,000 Empty Chairs Placed Near White House To Remember 200,000 Lives Lost To COVID-19
Empty chairs representing the 200,000 lives lost due to the coronavirus pandemic are set up for National COVID-19 Remembrance Day on the Ellipse behind the White House on October 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C.


“I think education and consistency is the main thing,” Bernard said. 

CBS News has reached out to COVID Survivors for Change for more information and is awaiting response. 

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Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon shows off incredibly tidy Blackpool home with egg chairs in the garden and quirky decor

CORONATION Street actress Lucy Fallon has given fans a sneak peek into her incredibly tidy Blackpool pad, filled with quirky details, clashing prints and electrifying furnishings.

The 24-year-old soap star shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home to her Instagram stories, which also showed followers her modern garden featuring an enviable set of rattan egg chairs.

 Lucy Fallon shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home


Lucy Fallon shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home

Lucy revealed her love of neutral colours, showing a lounge area furnished with deep brown sofa and adorned with a mix of plain and patterned cushions.

Her dining room follows the same colour theme with a dark wood table and matching chairs, looking out into the garden space.

Brightening up the woody tones, the patterned wallpaper lifts the vibe of the room.

Lucy revealed it took her two years to decide how to decorate her home, before she settled on the range of clashing decor and quirky features.

 She gave a shout out to her cleaners in the Instagram story


She gave a shout out to her cleaners in the Instagram story
 The actress announced she was quitting Corrie last year


The actress announced she was quitting Corrie last yearCredit: Instagram
 Lucy revealed she's spent two years of planning on social media platform Pinterest to decide how her bedroom would look


Lucy revealed she’s spent two years of planning on social media platform Pinterest to decide how her bedroom would lookCredit: instagram/lucyfallonx

Sharing a glimpse of her colourful boudoir with fans, fashion-lover Lucy – who used to play Bethany Platt in the ITV soap – showed off her love of vibrant textiles and patterns.

Captioning the photo on Instagram, the star wrote: “I have been pinning pictures on Pinterest for over two years of how I wanted this room to look and finally it is how I always imagined it would be (but even better).”

The rosewood-coloured headboard on Lucy’s huge bed backs onto a feature wall covered with black and white leopard print wallpaper.

Fans couldn’t miss the eye-catching lightening bolt neon lights fixed to the wall above her bed.

The pretty blonde announced she was quitting her role as Bethany Platt on the popular soap last year, in order to ‘pursue other projects’ and her final scenes on the cobbles aired earlier this year.

 The actress has her very own glam dressing room


The actress has her very own glam dressing roomCredit: INSTAGRAM
 Corrie star Lucy Fallon has showed off her stylish pad on Instagram


Corrie star Lucy Fallon has showed off her stylish pad on InstagramCredit: INSTAGRAM

Lucy also has her very own dressing room in the house so she can make sure she looks stunning.

Complete with her very own walk-in wardrobe, the room not only offers plenty of space for her clothes but also boasts a white vanity table and mirror with LED lights.

Other glam touches include a French-style chair and white, faux fur rug.

Her contemporary kitchen boasts white fittings throughout with glossy kitchen units and ceramic tiles.

 The star has opted for monochrome furnishings throughout


The star has opted for monochrome furnishings throughoutCredit: INSTAGRAM
 Her bedroom features a cool exposed brick wall


Her bedroom features a cool exposed brick wallCredit: INSTAGRAM

Injecting the sleek space with her own quirky style, Lucy has also added a number of fun pictures.

The living room is modern and monochrome with a large, comfy grey

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Can’t Travel to Paris? Bistro Chairs Bring Cafe Culture to Your Kitchen

OF ALL the morning rituals that take place in Paris, my favorite is the transformation of those whimsical, colorfully woven chairs from towering stacks to orderly rows outside the city’s brasseries, cafés and bistros. Sinewy but delicate, masculine but feminine, rational but romantic, they have always felt to me like little ambassadors, exhilarating indicators that I am truly in the city.

When bistro seating recently began showing up in American shelter magazines and friends’ houses as indoor furniture, I became fixated on owning some. They would ballast my sunny, modern Los Angeles breakfast nook. “They’re a great way to add interest to a space without introducing anything too precious,” said Dina Holland, an interior designer in Needham, Mass.

I’ve been all but unable to stop thinking about Paris since Covid made it inaccessible. So when I stumbled upon a pair of bistro stools for $94 in the clearance section of a local Target, I ignored their lack of provenance and lunged at them the way some women throw themselves to catch a bride’s bouquet. Hoping the seats would inspire the kind of languid, all-day conversations they seem to in Paris, I soon realized I had purchased the equivalent of off-brand soda. Their hollow, aluminum frames look hastily painted to resemble rattan, and the uninspired checkerboard pattern ends abruptly on two sides, leaving conspicuous bald spots.

I found comfort in the website of Maison Drucker. Although bistro chairs are available in myriad iterations from major online retailers to small boutiques, Drucker, located just outside Paris, has been making chairs for the city’s most famous restaurants since 1885. Among their clients are rival eateries Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. The former commissioned a pine green and ivory chair in a clean basket weave, the latter, an intricate pattern of triangles in pine and burgundy. Both signature chairs have been used for more than 40 years. Constructed primarily of bent rattan, their seats and backs woven either of a synthetic called Raucord or of Rilsan, a natural fiber derived from castor oil, these are the perches of Sartre, de Beauvoir and Hemingway.

Drucker, however, does not recreate exact replicas of any chairs specific to a restaurant or hotel client. As Diego Dubois, the company’s vice president, diplomatically explained, “We have dozens of people, each trying to order the Flore or Le Roch hotel chairs, and each time we unfortunately have to decline.”

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