What the papers say – October 14

The continuing discussions around lockdown restrictions and calls for a nationwide ‘circuit-breaker’ lead many of Wednesday’s papers.

The Times reports on pressure being placed on the Prime Minister to impose a two-week full lockdown over the half-term which, according to scientists, would save thousands of lives.

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While The Daily Telegraph refers to a “lockdown battle” and said the Prime Minster was attacked from both sides after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pushed for a circuit-breaker, and Conservative MPs rebelled over pub curfews.

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The Guardian leads with Sir Keir placing pressure for a temporary lockdown as the death toll from coronavirus rises, and a similar story leads the Financial Times.

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The i says the “united front” between No 10 and scientists is “fraying”, while the Independent says Sir Keir has “smashed the political consensus” on Covid-19 by calling for a circuit-breaker.

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The Daily Mirror also leads on Labour’s demands.

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The Daily Mail leads on comments from the head of Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccines team that facemasks and other measures will be needed until next July.

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The Daily Express says that Mr Johnson is planning a “short, sharp” lockdown.

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Metro reports Mr Johnson made a joke about the rule of six, with the paper claiming the Prime Minister said it was a way people could avoid their in-laws.

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And the Daily Star leads with discussion of the personal life of actor Dominic West.

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