Part 3: Iranian Media on COVID-19 Surge

In June, Iranian newspapers covered the challenges of reopening subways and other public places that get crowded. They highlighted warnings from officials to take precautions when out in public. “We Haven’t Defeated Corona: Rouhani Warns Restrictions May Return,” read Ebtekar.

In July, a spike in new COVID-19 cases and deaths dominated the front pages of newspapers from across the political spectrum. “Coronavirus Once Again Breaks Records in Less than a Week,” read Javan, a hardline paper on July 6. “Relentless Invasion of Death: 200 Die in One Day,” read Shahrvand, a reformist paper, on July 8. As of early July, nine out of 31 provinces -- Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Ilam, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, and Khorasan Razavi -- were considered "red zones" due to the high number of infections. Hardline, centrist and reformist papers also discussed the imperative for the public’s adherence to health guidelines, including the mandatory wearing of masks at indoor gatherings imposed on July 5. 

The following are selected frontpages in chronological order, which were translated by Iran Front Page News.

 

May 31

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: We Won’t Return to Pre-Corona Era Any Time Soon

newspaper

 

June 2

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper):

  • Health Minister Criticizes Full-Time Reopening of Shrines

Etemad

 

June 7

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Iran Wants Businesses to Thrive amid Fight against Corona

Ettela’at newspaper

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Don’t Spread Rumors about Coronavirus Outbreak

Iran

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Getting Stronger

Jomhouri

 

June 8

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran Ranks 7th in Global COVID-19 Fatalities

mardom


June 9

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Subway Source of Second Coronavirus Wave

Arman

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Red Cross Envoy to Tehran Says Healthcare, Medicine Must Be Exempted from Sanctions

Shahrvand

 

Shargh (reformist newspaper):

  • End of Coronavirus and Scenarios Ahead

newspaper

 

June 10

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  •  Ambiguous Removal of Health Ministry Spokesman

  • Was It Because of Jahanpour’s Political Stances?

Aftab

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Why Was Health Ministry Spokesman Dismissed?

  • Rouhani: Coronavirus Crisis Handled with People’s Cooperation

newspaper

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper):

  • Increased Pressure to Prevent Export of Humanitarian Goods to Tehran

  • Rouhani: Management Based on People’s Participation: From Stock Market to Corona

Etemad

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Risk of Taking COVID-19 for Granted

javan

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran Says Restrictions on Int’l Flights Will Be Removed

newspaper

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • 15 Million Iranians Struggling with Coronavirus: Official

Shahrvand

 

June 11

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Corona Surging Again in Iran: Some 178,000 Infected in Iran

Ebtekar

 

June 13

 

Abrar (conservative newspaper):

  • Rouhani: Sanctions, COVID-19 Failed to Stop Iran

Abrar

 

Afkar (conservative newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Did Not Turn into Security Problem: Intelligence Minister

newspaper

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran Is Now at Stage of Coping with Corona: Rouhani

Arman

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • COVID-19 Patients Using New Iranian Drug Recovering in Larger Numbers

Kayhan

 

June 14

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • We Haven’t Defeated Corona: Rouhani Warns Restrictions May Return

ebtekar

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Iran Unveils ReciGen Drug to Treat Coronavirus

Ettelaat

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Tired of Virus

  • Tehran Citizens Have Lowest Rank in Observing Social Distancing

Shahrvand

 

June 15

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Abadan Under Siege for Coronavirus

Arman

 

June 16

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Figures Continue to Surge in Iran

Ettela'at

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Kills 113 More Iranians

  • Take Coronavirus More Seriously: Minister

Jomhouri

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • Gov’t Reaction to Criticisms: People Are Happy with Us; It Could Be 100 Times Worse without Us!

Kayhan

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Top Priority of Iran Government: Spokesman

Shahrvand

 

June 20

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • People Must Observe Social Distancing Even More than First Wave: Rouhani

  • Second Wave of Coronavirus: 100 People Every Hour

newspaper

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Corona Killing One Iranian Every 12 Minutes: Health Ministry

  • Rouhani Warns about Return of Corona: Gatherings Must Be Avoided

Ebtekar

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: Negligence Will Lead to Worse Incident in Fight against Corona

Ettela'at

 

June 21

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Wearing Mask to Become Obligatory

Arman

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Psychological Aftershocks of Political Resolution for Iran Economy

  • Rouhani: Iran Preparing Plan for Obligatory Use of Mask in Public Places

Ebtekar

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Corona Decisions for Summer

  • Coronavirus Wrestling with People Not Wearing Masks!

  • Three Suggestions for Coping with Corona

Iran newspaper

 

Shargh (reformist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: Reopening of Businesses Hinges on People’s Behavior

newspaper

 

June 22

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Health Minister: Corona Has Got 1,000 Faces

newspaper

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran at New, Dangerous Phase of Coronavirus

newspaper

 

June 24

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • Tehran Friday Prayers Won’t Be Held This Week

Jomhouri

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • This Year’s Hajj Cancelled for Coronavirus: Only Saudi Pilgrims Will Go to Hajj This Year

newspaper

 

June 25

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran Promises Good News on Development of Coronavirus Vaccine

newspaper

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Iran’s Football League Resumed after 117 Days

Ebtekar

 

June 28

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • Take Coronavirus Seriously: Virus Kills One Iranian Every 13 Minutes

Kayhan

 

June 29

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Iran Under Strong Wave of Coronavirus: Official

  • Three Important Decisions Made by Gov’t to Contain COVID-19

Ebtekar

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • Wearing Mask Compulsory as of Next Week

newspaper

 

July 1

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Iran Breaks Records of Coronavirus

  • Rouhani Says Subsidies Allocated for Production of Cheap Face Masks

newspaper

 

July 5

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Use of Mask Obligatory in All Public Offices, Public Transportation

newspaper

 

July 6

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Once Again Breaks Records in Less than a Week

javan

 

July 7

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Iranian Nurse: My Colleagues Don’t Feel Well Emotionally

  • 239 Scientists to WHO: Coronavirus Can Be Transmitted through Air

aftab

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Social [Media] Campaign Invites People to Wear Mask

  • How People React to Obligation of Wearing Face Mask

Ebtekar

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Deaths in Tehran Break Records

  • Date of Reopening Schools May Change If Pandemic Worsens

Iran

 

Hamshahri (centrist newspaper):

  • Coronavirus’ Second Attack on Iran’s Economy

  • Comedy of Horror in COVID-19 Queues: What’s Going on in COVID-19 Testing Labs?

newspaper

 

July 8

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Record of Death Broken: 200 Die of COVID-19

newspaper

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Alert: Deadliest Day!

  • 200 Die of Coronavirus in One Day: Health Minister

newspaper

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper):

  • Hot Fever of Coronavirus: 200 Die in 24 Hours

Etemad

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • War on Coronavirus Needs Wearing Mask: Experts Warn

newspaper

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Negligence Leads to Surging COVID-19 Deaths in Iran

Javan

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • Return of COVID-19 Restrictions Necessary

Kayhan

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Relentless Invasion of Death: 200 Die in One Day

newspaper

 

July 9

 

Abrar (conservative newspaper):

  • Iran’s COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 12,000

  • WHO: We Are Yet to Reach Peak of Coronavirus Outbreak

Abrar

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Tehran on Verge of Full Lockdown

  • Health Minister: If We’re Defeated by COVID-19, It’s Because of Sanctions-Hit Economy

Javan

 

July 11

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: We Should Impose Smart Regional Restrictions against Corona

newspaper

 

Jame Jam (conservative newspaper):

  • Tehran Must Be Shut Down for Two Weeks: City Council Chairman

Jame Jam

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • WHO: Be Careful, Coronavirus Can Be Transmitted Through Air!

Jomhouri

 

July 12

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Ahvaz and Kerman Record Highest Number of COVID-19 Fatalities

  • Rouhani: No Country Can Shut Down Its Economy for Six Months

newspaper

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Iranian Vaccine for COVID-19 to Be Released in 3 Months

Ettela'at

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Rouhani Warns about Danger of Coronaphobia, Taking COVID-19 for Granted

newspaper

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • IRGC Mobilized against New Wave of COVID-19

Javan

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • World May Once Again Be Put in Full Lockdown

  • It’s Unlikely to Eradicate Coronavirus for Now

Kayhan

 

July 14

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Dancing on Seats of Iran’s Parliament

  • MPs in Danger of Infection as They Don’t Observe Social Distancing, Don’t Wear Mask

Ebtekar

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper):

  • Pain of Watching People’s Death: Psychologist Talks about Psychological Damages of Nurses Taking Care of COVID-19 Patients

Etemad

 

Khorasan (centrist newspaper):

  • 13,000 People Die of Coronavirus in Iran

Khorasan

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Number of Employed People in Iran Reduced by 1.5 Million

newspaper

 

July 18

 

Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper):

  • New COVID-19 Restrictions in Tehran as of Today

  • WHO: Countries that Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Hastily Are Seeing Return of Virus

newspaper

 

July 19

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran on Verge of Herd Immunity: Rouhani

  • President: Over 25 Million Iranians Have Contracted Coronavirus So Far

Aftab

 

Ebtekar (reformist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: 25 Million Infected with COVID-19, 35 Million to Contract It

newspaper

 

Hamshahri (centrist newspaper):

  • Post-Corona Crisis More Complicated than Coronavirus Crisis

Hamshahri

 

July 20

 

Khorasan (centrist newspaper):

  • Profiteering with Coronavirus Test

newspaper

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Why COVID-19 Statistics Not Accurate in Iran?

newspaper

 

Shargh (reformist newspaper):

  • 50% of COVID-19 Victims Are from Tehran

Shargh

 

July 21

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: We Should Use Opportunity of Border Reopenings after Coronavirus

Ebtekar

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Increased COVID-19 Infection among Iranian Children

newspaper

 

Jame Jam (conservative newspaper):

  • Hardworking Editor-in-Chief of Jame Jam Dies of Coronavirus

newspaper

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Decreased Marriage Rate under Coronavirus

Ebtekar

 

July 23

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Health Ministry Opposed to Holding Second Round of Parliamentary Elections

newspaper

 

Vatan-e Emrooz (conservative newspaper):

  • Iranian Vaccine for Corona

  • Preliminary Tests Successfully Passed: Health Minister

newspaper

 

July 25

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Why Doesn’t Turkey Reopen Aerial Borders with Iran?

newspaper

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani Says University Entrance Exams, Muharram Mourning Ceremonies Will Be Held Regardless of Coronavirus

newspaper

 

July 26

 

Abrar (conservative newspaper):

  • Over 12,000 Army Personnel Helping with Coronavirus Containment: Official

newspaper

 

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: We Didn’t See Any Big Crisis Despite Sanctions, Coronavirus!

  • Muharram Mourning Ceremonies Must Be Held Either in Red or White Zones

Ebtekar

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper):

  • Concerns about University Entrance Exam at Time of Coronavirus

cases

 

July 27

 

Afkar (conservative newspaper):

  • Tehran Has Turned into Epicenter of Coronavirus in Iran

newspaper

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Iranian Nurse: We Are Being Destroyed

newspaper

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • We’ll Have 200 COVID-19 Deaths Every Day If Number of People Hospitalized Doesn’t Drop: Official

newspaper

 

July 28

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Makeshift Hospitals to Be Launched in Tehran

newspaper

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Zarif: Post-Corona World Won’t Be Western Anymore

newspaper

 

July 29

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Red Alert for Coronavirus in Tehran

Iran newspaper

 

Javan (hardline newspaper):

  • Contradictory Remarks by Officials about Development of Coronavirus Vaccine

javan

 

Kayhan (hardline newspaper):

  • Iran’s COVID-19 Daily Death Toll Sets New Record: Tehran at Red State

newspaper

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Corona Deaths in Iran Break Records

Mardom

 

August 1

 

Afkar (conservative newspaper):

  • Health Ministry Allowed to Hire 10,000 New Personnel

newspaper

 

Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: We’re Moving Past Peak of Coronavirus Outbreak

newspaper

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper):

  • Iran Leader: Imam Hussein Mourners Must Obey Decisions of National Coronavirus Headquarters

  • Hospitals of Qom and Tehran Have No More Beds for New Patients

newspaper

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: Protecting People’s Lives Top Priority of Gov’t

Ettela’at

 

August 2

 

Ebtekar (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: COVID-19 Restrictions to Remain in Place Until Vaccine Distributed

Ebtekar

 

Ettela’at (centrist newspaper):

  • Rouhani: 10 Provinces Get Past the Peak of COVID-19 Outbreak

 

Ettela’at Newspaper

 

Iran (conservative newspaper):

  • Punishment for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

  • Rouhani: Those Who Break COVID-19 Rules Must Be Punished as Offenders

Iran

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper):

  • Protecting People’s Lives Can’t Be Compromised by Any Religious Rite: Scholar

newspaper

 

Shahrvand (reformist newspaper):

  • Coronavirus Out of Control in Tehran

Shahrvand

 

August 3

 

Afkar (conservative newspaper):

  • Parliament Speaker: University Entrance Exam Must Be Postponed

Afkar

 

 

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