What the papers say – August 3

A new test giving hope in the fight against Covid-19 and concerns over potential shielding advice for people aged over 50 feature prominently in the nation’s newspapers.

The Times and i report new “game-changing” tests for coronavirus and the flu, which can return results in 90 minutes, are set to be rolled out across the NHS next week.

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The Daily Mail says the Covid-19 test could “transform the war on corona”.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Express and Metro lead on backlash against a reported “nuclear option” to stop a second wave of the coronavirus which would compel people aged over 50 to stay at home.

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In other news, The Independent and Daily Mirror report the Conservative Party are being pressured to suspend a Tory MP under investigation over rape allegations.

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The Guardian carries an interview with a leading British scientist who has called for greater transparency and scrutiny of the Government’s decisions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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US President Donald Trump’s government has vowed to take imminent action against Chinese software companies that it perceives are “a risk to security”, according to the Financial Times.

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And the Daily Star warns of an incoming heatwave across the UK this week, with potentially record-breaking temperatures on Friday.

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