The Guardian – ‘Warning to cut back on socialising as Covid cases surge’
Summary of Today's Paper
‘Warning to cut back on socialising as Covid cases surge’
A warning to limit Christmas socialising is on the front of The Guardian. The paper quotes Prof Whitty’s sobering prediction that coronavirus records “will be broken a lot over the next few weeks” as the UK is hit by the Delta variant and the “rapidly growing” number of Omicron infections.
Sir Lewis Hamilton makes the front page.
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