Printed newspapers and magazines are to vanish from next month in Iran, which has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
"In order to effectively implement the plan to reduce social contacts adopted by the Ministry of Health, no more newspapers are to be printed by the specified date (April 8) and will only appear online," the state news agency IRNA quoted a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior as saying on Monday.
About 65 newspapers and magazines are published in the country, including sports newspapers, which are very popular among Iranians.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 40,000 infections and 2757 COVID-19 deaths have been registered in Iran since February.
Australian Associated Press