Newspaper headlines: ‘Glimmer of light’ but social distancing to continue



Newspaper headlines: ‘Glimmer of light’ but social distancing to continue


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The UK has been told to prepare for another year of “disruptive” social distancing by the chief medical officer, the Daily Telegraph reports. Prof Chris Whitty told the daily coronavirus briefing the lockdown would not come to a quick end. Ministers, he said, would have to consider “trade-offs” to avoid a second wave of infections.

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The i leads on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s comments that the UK has reached the peak of the pandemic. The paper quotes Health Secretary Matt Hancock as thanking the public for sticking with social distancing measures.

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The Daily Mirror focuses on what it calls a “glimmer of light”, also picking up on Mr Raab’s comments that the pandemic has peaked. It came as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer took the government to task for shortages of personal protective equipment and virus tests, the paper notes.

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Sir Keir’s criticism of the government’s “slow” response to the pandemic makes the lead for the Metro. Speaking at his first Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labour leader accused the government of failing to respond to UK firms who have offered to provide badly-needed protective equipment for NHS staff.

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Mr Hancock has vowed to fix the coronavirus care home “crisis”, the Daily Express reports, after new figures suggested the death toll was being grossly under-estimated. The paper says it is now believed 2,000 vulnerable residents died over Easter alone – more than double the number initially thought.

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The pandemic is leading to heart attack and stroke victims waiting at least two hours and 20 minutes for an ambulance, according to the Daily Mail. The paper says emergency response times are at their worst on record as paramedics face a surge in demand at a time when many are off sick.

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The Guardian reports that the government has been urged to take rapid action after new research by the paper showed ethnic minorities in England were dying in disproportionately high numbers from the virus compared to white people. The paper says the findings confirm suspicions raised by local reports, hospital admission rates and evidence from other countries that minority groups face the greatest risk.

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Elsewhere, the government is set to recommend that people cover their faces with something as simple as a scarf when at work, in shops or on public transport, the Sun reports. It follows a meeting of government scientists that reviewed the evidence on wearing masks.

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A vital source of financing for developing countries is to plummet this year as a result of the pandemic, reports the Financial Times. The paper says remittance flows from around the world will fall by more than £100bn this year – the largest fall in recent history.

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And finally, the Daily Star reports on an unexpected beneficiary of the pandemic – naturist groups. Memberships have soared during the crisis, the paper says.

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