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Newspaper headlines: 24 hours to avoid complete lockdown, PM warns

Newspaper headlines: 24 hours to avoid complete lockdown, PM warns


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The papers focus on the prime minister’s warning that the UK could be placed under a tough new lockdown within days if Britons do not take seriously measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Daily Mail reports that Boris Johnson’s remarks came as thousands of people flouted government advice to stay indoors as much as possible by visiting beaches, parks and beauty spots.

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The Guardian reports that tougher measures could be introduced within 24 hours. The paper says it follows a weekend of “mounting alarm” at pictures of groups spending time together in public spaces.

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The UK would be following the example of countries like France, Italy and Spain, by enforcing stricter measures to prevent the spread of the virus, reports the Daily Telegraph. There, police have restricted people’s movements, curfews have been imposed, parks have been closed, and all stores, except food shops and pharmacies, have been shut.

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The measures the UK is considering includes travel bans and curfews, reports the Times. With the UK’s outbreak about two weeks behind Italy, the prime minister is coming under increasing pressure to use police to enforce the government’s official advice, the paper says.

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“Madness” is the front-page headline on the Daily Mirror, which pictures crowds at Bournemouth beach. The paper, like others, also reports that an 18-year-old – who had underlying health conditions – has become the youngest UK victim of the pandemic.

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“This is not a game”, declares the Metro, which contrasts the image of a victim of coronavirus on a stretcher with those of people apparently not following the government’s advice on social distancing. The warning to treat the virus more seriously came as the UK’s death toll rose by 48 in 24 hours to 281.

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The Sun pictures crowds at Clapham Common and the PM’s stark warning: “Stay home or face lockdown”.

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The i also leads on the PM’s warning of a potential lockdown. It also notes the government’s announcement that plans have been draw up to shield the most vulnerable people in the country from the virus.

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The Financial Times reports that Spain has called on EU finance ministers to draw up a “Marshall plan” to help Europe’s economy recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. The country’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, called for the “biggest mobilisation of economic and material resources in history” as Spain’s death toll rose by nearly 700 over the weekend.

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And finally, the Daily Star reports that the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants has resulted in Britons drinking with their friends in “virtual pubs”. “Now we’re off our facetime” is the paper’s take on the new trend.

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