What the papers say – September 16

The front pages are dominated by frustration with the lack of availability of testing for Covid-19 across the UK.

The Guardian and The Independent say the Health Secretary has admitted the testing crisis could take weeks to resolve, the i reports rationing of tests “puts parents and teachers at back of queue” and the Daily Star decries the “circus”.

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The Daily Mail says Mr Hancock has suffered a “humiliating climbdown” and asks why the Government is “still failing the test”, while Metro reports glitches in the testing scheme “will take weeks to fix”.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury warns in The Daily Telegraph that central control of the pandemic response will harm the elderly and the vulnerable.

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The Daily Mirror says a man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a 12-day-old baby boy was “savaged to death” by a dog at home.

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Charities have condemned an NHL proposal to mark on a child’s medical record if their mother has had a single glass of wine in the first week of their pregnancy, according to the The Times.

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Multinational conglomerate Hitachi is preparing to abandon plans to build a nuclear power plant in north Wales, which the Financial Times reports will deal a “blow for UK climate goals”.

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And the Daily Express says women hit by changes to their state pension age have promised to continue their fight for “true equality”.

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