What the papers say – December 30

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Increased pressure on hospitals due to surging Covid-19 infections will lead to most of England soon coming under the toughest pandemic measures, the national papers say.

The i and The Times report millions more people will be subject to stay-at-home orders while The Sun says two thirds of England could be placed under Tier 4 restrictions from Thursday.

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Doctors fear hospitals will soon face “horrendous choices” over which coronavirus patients should receive life-saving treatments due to the NHS being overloaded, according to The Guardian.

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Care home bosses plead in the Daily Mirror for their residents to be given vaccinations against Covid-19 – “weeks after the Tories promised them”.

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Boris Johnson is quoted as saying “We now open a new chapter in our story” in The Daily Telegraph as he calls on MPs to back his trade pact with Brussels, a story also covered by the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.

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The Daily Star describes a “Whitemare” as it says snow has stopped essential deliveries for self-isolating families, while Labour frontbencher Ed Miliband calls in The Independent for the public to protest throughout 2021 to force action on the climate.

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And the Financial Times reports investment banks made a record 125 billion dollars (£92.5 billion ) in fees this year due to firms raising cash to survive the pandemic.

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