The latest moves to halt Britain’s increasing numbers of coronavirus cases and hopes of a million daily virus tests by Christmas feature prominently on the nation’s papers.
The Guardian says Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened Northern leaders in a “Covid standoff”, while the i reports the UK is moving “closer to new lockdown”.
Guardian front page, Saturday 17 October 2020: PM threatens northern leaders in Covid standoff pic.twitter.com/rLgbO9eMjc
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 16, 2020
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— Tim Alden (@timaldi) October 16, 2020
Scientists in The Times predict Britain will be carrying out a million coronavirus tests each day by Christmas, as the Daily Star says “dodgy Russians” are circulating lies on social media claiming a UK Covid-19 vaccine will turn recipients into apes.
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) October 16, 2020
— Daily Star (@dailystar) October 16, 2020
And the UK’s largest teacher’s union has made a call in TheDaily Telegraph for a two-week half term as part of a national circuit-breaker.
The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the Financial Times leads on Brexit, saying Mr Johnson has broken off trade talks, while the Daily Mirror reports the PM has “no deal and no clue”.
Just published: Front page of the FT Weekend, UK edition, for 17-18 October 2020: pic.twitter.com/m4sevp229U
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) October 16, 2020
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) October 16, 2020
The Daily Express , by contrast, quotes Mr Johnson saying the country will “prosper mightily” once it leaves the EU.
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) October 16, 2020
Elsewhere, The Sun claims ex-ambassador to the US Lord Darroch was investigated in Washington over fears he “leaked White House secrets to his journalist lover”.
— The Sun (@TheSun) October 16, 2020
And the Daily Mail writes drivers will next year face a £200 fine for touching their phone while behind the wheel.