The Guardian – Sunak open to 4-week lockdown lift delay
Summary of Today's Paper
The front splash of the Guardian reports Chancellor Rishi Sunak is willing to accept a delay of up to 4 weeks – but ministers will continue to scrutinise data on cases and hospitalisations in the coming days. Sunak is more concerned that the reopening must be permanent when rules are lifted, the paper says.
The front page features a picture of a baby boy named Artin who died in the English Channel as his family tried to reach the UK.
The news Met police officer Wayne Couzens admitted to the rape and murder of Sarah Everard also features on the front splash.
No 10 tightens borders and travel rules as variants spark alarm
The Guardian says the new rules come as new data suggests the Delta variant, first identified in India and now dominant in the UK, is much more likely to cause serious illness. The variant also appears to be circulating more rapidly within schools but Public Health England stressed more data was needed, the paper adds.
The Guardian says British travellers who have had two Covid vaccines could be allowed quarantine-free entry into England under plans being considered
The Guardian says millions of British children attend schools where air pollution is worse than the World Health Organization limit, campaigners have said.
The Guardian says Hong Kong national security police have arrested the editor-in-chief and four other directors of the Apple Daily newspaper in early morning raids
The Guardian says China’s first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years blasted off from the Gobi desert on Thursday morning, carrying astronauts to the new Tiangong space station.
The Guardian says Mr Cummings made the new revelations in a 7,000 word essay where he mocked the PM, claiming Mr Johnson intended to leave office after the next election to “have fun and make money”.
The Guardian says England’s exam regulator wanted to scrap last year’s A-levels but backed down rather than risk a “foolish” confrontation with the government.