What the papers say – November 3

The papers are led with the news some half a million people are to be offered regular coronavirus testing in a pilot programme offering hope across the UK.

The Daily Telegraph says a mass testing plan will offer a way out of lockdown, while the i and The Guardian report the rapid trial of the scheme in Liverpool starts this week.

The “under-fire” Prime Minister insists on the front of the Financial Times that the winter lockdown is “time limited”, with the Daily Express citing Boris Johnson as saying Britain will defeat Covid-19 by spring.

An investigation by The Independent using leaked NHS data has found hospital coronavirus cases have risen by more than 60% in just 10 days.

Metro says the PM has defended Baroness Dido Harding and Kate Bingham – both of whom are married to Conservative MPs – over their roles in Britain’s pandemic response.

“Fed-up Brits” are attempting to escape the pending lockdown by flying overseas in what the Daily Star calls “The Great Escape”.

The Daily Mail quotes Earl Spencer accusing the BBC of a “whitewash” over faked bank statements allegedly used to help secure its Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Meanwhile, The Times cites Donald Trump as saying any delay in declaring the result of the US presidential election would “put our country in danger”.

And the Daily Mirror reports notable names including Gareth Southgate and Ben Stokes have backed the paper’s campaign for a nationwide two-minute doorstep silence on Remembrance Sunday.

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