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Newspaper headlines: ‘One million pupils stay home’ as schools open and rules ease

Newspaper headlines: ‘One million pupils stay home’ as schools open and rules ease


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“One million children set to stay off school today amid safety fears,” is the headline on the Guardian’s front page. The figure represents half of those who are expected to return to primary school in England on Monday when classes resume for selected year groups, the paper adds. The paper reports scepticism from parents, teaching unions and councils that schools are returning too soon. Meanwhile, the paper has a powerful front page image of a black female protester kneeling in front of armed white police officers as protests continue to rage across the US.

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The Daily Mirror also leads on reports that one million pupils due to go back to school on Monday will be kept off, calling it the “point of no return”. The paper quotes a study that reveals 46% of parents will keep children that are eligible to return to the classroom at home. Labour has warned families should not be put “in a difficult position”, the paper adds.

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Staying on the topic of education, the Daily Telegraph reports that some pupils will need to attend classes over the summer to stop them falling behind. The paper quotes the Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield who has urged ministers to set up summer camps for the most vulnerable students during July and August. A photo of the Queen riding a horse is on the front pages of many of today’s papers, including the Telegraph.

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The Metro leads on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s comments that “cities may be locked down” in order to prevent a second spike in coronavirus infections. The paper quotes Mr Raab who said the government has “definitely got the ability” to enforce regional restrictions. Meanwhile, a striking image of a protester in Los Angeles in front of a raging fire is the lead image, with the headline that the country’s president Donald Trump “fans the flames in USA”.

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“We can’t stay in lockdown for ever,” leads the i’s front page. The paper reports comments from ministers defending the government’s decision to ease restrictions on Monday, despite increasing criticism from leading scientists that it is premature. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that a significant risk remains of the virus “running out of control again”, the paper reports. But Mr Raab has said that local lockdowns will be imposed if the public abuse new freedoms, the paper adds.

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“We’ll meat again,” is the headline leading The Sun, as lockdown starts to ease from today. About £1bn extra is expected to be spent this week as more people venture out, the paper reports, citing an increased demand in sausages, burgers and beers as barbeque season begins.

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The Times leads with a stark warning from travel firm bosses that the two-week quarantine due to be imposed on people arriving to the UK from 8 June will “destroy” the industry. Tory MPs have joined the aviation industry to warn ministers that the move was the equivalent of hanging up a “Britain is closed” sign.

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UK banks are warning that up to half of £18.5bn of “bounce back” loans will default, according to the Financial Times’ lead story. The paper reports that banks are lobbying the chancellor to prepare for “mass business failures”, as hundreds of thousands of small businesses could be impacted. The unrest spreading in the US also makes the front page, with a protester walking past National Guard troops carrying a sign reading: “Black lives matter.”

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The Daily Mail leads with a report that more than 2.4 million patients have missed out on cancer tests and treatment because of a “backlog” created by the coronavirus pandemic. The paper quotes Cancer Research UK, which says that 2.1 million patients are waiting for “crucial” screenings for breast, cervical and bowel cancer, while thousands more have missed out on referrals.

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“Boomtime for rats,” is the headline on the front of the Daily Star, as the paper reports a “critter calamity” as millions of “randy rodents” run amok in Britain. The paper quotes pest controllers who say the animals are breeding in offices which have been left vacant because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Moving away from coronavirus coverage, the Daily Express leads with: “Boris to defy EU Brexit bullies.” The paper reports that the PM is “standing defiant” after European Union negotiator Michel Barnier claimed the UK is not keeping to its negotiating commitments.

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