What the papers say – February 16

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Hopes and signs that Britain is emerging from the pandemic as well as drama surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex feature in the Tuesday papers.

Metro leads on Boris Johnson’s desire for the latest Covid-fighting measures to be the last required, carrying a headline of “‘The final’ lockdown”.

The Daily Telegraph runs with a similar theme, with Mr Johnson saying this “must be” Britain’s last lockdown.

The Independent quotes the Prime Minister as saying “I want this lockdown to be the last”, while the Daily Express adds a more cautionary tone, quoting Mr Johnson as saying Britain can be optimistic but this is “no time to relax”.

But there are reasons for optimism, according to The Times, which says early data is showing vaccinations are reducing hospital admissions and deaths in UK.

Meanwhile, the i reports on hitches on the first day of Britain’s new hotel quarantine, calling it “Border farce”.

Elsewhere, The Daily Mail splashes with a story saying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to lose all their remaining royal patronages, and links the move to their decision to record a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Daily Mirror leads on that TV deal, calling it a “Royal soap Oprah”.

And the Daily Star mocks the Sussexes with a headline of “Publicity-shy couple to tell all to Oprah”.

In other news, The Guardian splashes on the “anger” over Dominic Cummings’s role in the granting of a Government contract to a firm to research the public’s understanding of the coronavirus.

And Jaguar Land Rover is to stop making diesel vehicles and plans to “go electric” within 15 years, The Financial Times reports.

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