As swathes of the country were plunged into Tier 4 restrictions overnight, most of the front pages focus on ways out of the suffering caused by Covid-19.
The Independent’s health correspondent reports the NHS is “at breaking point” as its wards have been “overwhelmed”.
Exclusive: Critically ill patients ‘evacuated’ hundreds of miles as fears grow London could run out of beds – Nightingale to open next week https://t.co/H9az4w7r6A#Covid19UK#TomorrowsPapersTodaypic.twitter.com/tcvPRnrjBJ
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) December 30, 2020
The Financial Times says the surge in coronavirus cases in England paints a “grim picture” but notes the Oxford-developed vaccine has been hailed as a “game-changer”.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) December 30, 2020
The i quotes Health Secretary Matt Hancock as saying he is “highly confident” the UK will have escaped the pandemic by spring.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) December 30, 2020
The Daily Express says the jab means there is “light at end of the tunnel” and the Daily Mirror reports the highest daily death toll from the virus since April shows “It’s always darkest before the dawn”.
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) December 30, 2020
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 30, 2020
There is a “race” to roll out the Oxford vaccine “to stave off full lockdown”, according to The DailyTelegraph, while The Sun refers to the latest jab as “One giant hope for mankind”.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 30, 2020
Tomorrow's front page: 'Oxford's Covid jab won the go-ahead yesterday, giving hope to millions' pic.twitter.com/vgQLpnYLST
— The Sun (@TheSun) December 30, 2020
The vaccines being distributed around the UK will ensure freedom for the country “by Easter”, reports The Times.
The Times 31/12/20 The deed was done when Boris Johnson signed the trade treaty, with Lord Frost, left, and Sir Tim Barrow. The prime minister said Britain was “quintessentially European”. Photo : Leon Neal/Getty Images #tomorrowspaperstoday#thetimes #buyapaper @thetimespic.twitter.com/llVUOqGlkp
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) December 30, 2020
The Daily Mail says the Oxford jab’s approval occurring on the same day as the latest Brexit development can be translated as “Two giant leaps to freedom”.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) December 30, 2020
And The Guardian reports there is “Schools chaos” amid the latest restrictions, for which the Daily Star gives “thicko” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson a “c minus”.
Guardian front page, 31.1.20: Schools chaos as 21m more people face toughest curbs pic.twitter.com/FfVxEo87Cg
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 30, 2020