What the papers say – October 19

Trouble in the North over lockdowns and the promise of a vaccine are among the main topics on the nation’s Monday papers.

Metro leads on the Northern revolt over tier-three Covid restrictions, with Manchester mayor Andy Burnham calling on MPs to be allowed to vote on extra funding for areas hardest hit by the lockdowns.

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It is a theme also taken up by The Times, which says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to offer millions of pounds in relief funds to quell disquiet in the North.

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This comes as The Guardian reports hospitals in the North are running out of beds amid the Covid crisis.

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And hospital admissions for serious illnesses across Britain have fallen by up to 90 per cent during the pandemic, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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Elsewhere, the i splashes on a story about coronavirus vaccines, saying they are coming, but not before Christmas.

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And the Daily Express covers the same story differently, enthusing that the first vaccine doses in Britain will be ready by the end of the year.

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The Independent, meanwhile, says Britain’s pharmaceutical industry is calling on Mr Johnson to strike a swift side-deal to avoid a shortage of medicines from Europe if the UK completes a no-deal Brexit.

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The Financial Times says Europe’s second wave of Covid has increased the risk of a “double-dip recession”.

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The Daily Mail leads on Archbishop Justin Welby’s “assault on Brexit bill” as the UK’s five Church leaders attack the exit legislation.

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The Daily Mirror splashes on its campaign for a doorstep two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.

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And the Daily Star carries a weather story, warning of “15 days of snow and storms”.

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