It believes that – as he announces the relaxation of some lockdown restrictions – the prime minister must “convince frightened Britons that we can safely overcome the pandemic’s brutal economic impact”.
There’s not much time left, the Sun says, “before the economy slides into meltdown”.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph focuses on the new government coronavirus slogan, due to be officially announced by Boris Johnson later. It believes the message – “stay alert, control the virus, save lives” – is as much to do with persuading people that it is safe to return to work, as it is about stopping the infection spreading.
The Telegraph suggests the change in emphasis is even reflected in the colour scheme used for the new logo – a “slightly softer, paramedic-style yellow and green”, compared with the yellow and red of its predecessor.
But – in a letter to the Observer – the leaders of four of the UK’s biggest trade unions issue a warning to the government. The heads of Unison, Unite, the GMB and Usdaw say their more than three million members will not return to their jobs – until ministers can guarantee that adequate safety policies are in place. These include requiring employers to assess the risks and come up with measures to deal with them.
The Telegraph’s cartoonist, Matt, pokes fun at the idea of people having to observe a two-metre separation from others, as they go back to work. A pirate can be seen on the deck of his ship, forcing someone to walk the plank. “It’s nothing personal,” he is saying, “but we must observe social distancing in the workplace.”
“Medics warn of fatal flaw in trace and track app” is the Sunday Mirror’s front-page headline. It quotes a doctor who it says was “consulted on the app”.
Doctor Nick Summerton says it relies on only two out of 12 possible symptoms of Covid-19 – a cough and a fever. He believes this means it will not diagnose all those who have the illness. The Department of Health says its response has been led by best scientific advice, and the app has been developed with expert guidance.
The Mail on Sunday claims there’s been a “furious bust-up” between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson. It’s spoken to an unnamed source, who says that when the prime minister questioned Mr Hancock about his department’s handling of the crisis, he replied: “That’s not fair – give me a break”. But a colleague of the health secretary tells the paper: “We’ve been working incredibly well with the PM and the whole No 10 team, and have had nothing but total support from them.”
There are fears in the Sunday People that more than a thousand care homes in the UK could go out of business, as a result of the pandemic. It tells how homes are under huge pressure, partly because they are having to pay agency staff to replace sick workers – and also due to the soaring cost of protective equipment.
The Sunday Times suggests the Queen is to be absent from public life “for months”. It says that because of the coronavirus, she is expected to observe what it describes as “the longest absence from royal duties in her 68-year reign”.
The Times reports the Queen will remain at Windsor Castle indefinitely – and Buckingham Palace will be closed to the public throughout the summer “for what is thought to be the first time in 27 years”.
Several of the front pages feature photographs of Little Richard – who has died at the age of 87.
It goes on to say that “his trademark screams, outrageous dance moves and stage costumes set him apart from others of the era”.
The Sunday Express calls Little Richard “the founding father of rock” – who broke the boundaries with his androgynous stage persona and flamboyant style.
The headline in the Sunday Times plays on the improvised opening to one of his biggest hits, Tutti Frutti: “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a lop-bam… GONE.”