What the papers say – May 17

Concerns around the spread of the Indian variant as pandemic measures are relaxed feature on Monday’s front pages.

The Daily Mirror welcomes “Happy hours … for now”, the Daily Star says the easing means the public will be able to “fill their boots savouring plays and works of art” as the i cautions the “new freedoms come with a health warning”.

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Boris Johnson has urged the public to adopt a “heavy dose of caution” as the country continues its reopening, according to the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

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The Sun says pubs and restaurants are reopening for indoor customers as it emerges Britain’s Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Indian variant, prompting the paper to entreat its readers to “Get the shots in”.

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Health experts warn on the front of The Guardian that people should continue to avoid socialising indoors in pubs and restaurants to stop a third wave of coronavirus being sparked by the Indian mutation.

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The Times reports holiday plans have been “thrown into chaos” after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned Britons against visiting countries on the “amber list”.

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Ministers have refused to rule out using new local lockdowns to stop the spread of the Indian variant, The Independent reports.

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The Financial Times says AT&T is preparing a deal to combine its content unit, Warner Media, with rival Discovery to create a media “giant” with a value of 150 billion dollars (£106 billion).

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And Metro thanks its readers for helping it to get “back on top as Britain’s biggest national weekday newspaper”.

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