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Coronavirus: How to get your i paper and reassurances from World Health Organisation

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Readers Pat and John Pile of St Albans are thinking of arranging delivery of i. They ask: “Can the virus be transmitted on paper?”

Helpfully, the World Health Organisation has offered reassurance on items such as newspapers or delivery packages: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes Covid-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low.”

Accessing the Digital Edition

To find the Digital Edition, go to either the App Store ( or Google Play ( and search “inews Digital Edition” to download it.

The Digital Edition can also be accessed via a personal computer or laptop, so that readers can print out puzzles to play at home. To do that, subscribe via this link:

In a BBC interview, Professor George Lomonossoff, a virologist at the John Innes Centre, said: “Newspapers are pretty sterile because of the way they are printed and the process they’ve been through.”

The print production process is fully automated from manufacturing and delivery of newsprint to the print sites.

The printing (lots of heat), bundling, palletising and delivery of copies is also almost entirely automated – that’s how we get so many copies around the UK every night – offering scarce opportunity for any human contact until you or I pick up a copy. Our colleagues in the supply chain are also taking extra precautions. After visiting a shop, the advice about regularly washing your hands and not touching your face applies.

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How to get your i paper delivered, if you're planning not to leave your home

Of course, if you have a butler, one option is to have him continue to iron your morning paper, handling it only with tongs, before delivering it to you on a silver tray.

If, however, you have sent home your domestic staff for the foreseeable, I trust that the above information reassures. Thanks to Pat and John for the question.

To take advantage of free delivery of i and iweekend for six weeks (you only pay the cover price), ring 0800 980 6907 or visit

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