What the papers say – October 22

More challenges in the fight against Covid and Brexit developments dominate the nation’s front pages.

The i claims Boris Johnson is losing popularity with his own MPs through his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

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The Daily Mail splashes on Owen Weatherill – the officer leading the police force’s strategy on the pandemic – telling MPs even he is not fully aware of the rules on lockdowns.

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Care staff have been told they must work in only one facility from now on to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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The Independent says Test and Trace chiefs have had to draft in untrained staff as numbers are stretched through the pandemic.

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But The Times has a more upbeat coronavirus lead, saying increased care and concern from young people has helped slow the spread of the virus in Britain.

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Meanwhile, The Guardian says the Government has a plan to deport foreign homeless people once the Brexit transition period is over.

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Metro leads on news from the Vatican that the Pope has given his blessing to same sex marriage.

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The Financial Times reports on a rally for the pound after a resumption in talks with the EU.

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The Daily Express welcomes the bloc’s “backdown” which it says shows Brussels will “respect UK sovereignty”.

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The Daily Mirror rounds on the more than 300 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals through the holidays, calling them “So cruel”.

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And Britons are now panic-buying tracksuit bottoms, according to the Daily Star.

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