Newspaper headlines: 'BoJo's Angels' and 'fiasco' over PPE China flights

By BBC News
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media captionIn a video message posted on Twitter, the PM thanked the NHS staff that cared for him

The same image of Boris Johnson delivering his Easter message after leaving hospital is on many front pages.

The nurses named by the prime minister in his statement praising the care he received in hospital is the subject of much focus.

"Bojo's Angels," is the headline in the Sun accompanying pictures of Jenny McGee and Luis Pitarma - who were initially referred to as "Jenny from New Zealand" and "Luis from Portugal".

Both the Times and the Daily Telegraph highlight the prime minister's quote that "things could have gone either way".

Writing in the Daily Express, Leo McKinistry says Mr Johnson's personal battle with coronavirus has become "an epic symbol of our national ordeal".

PM's 'Messiah moment'

Sarah Vine - in the Daily Mail - describes Mr Johnson as looking "as pale as a ghost". She suggests that not many people will begrudge him his "Messiah moment"- even if, under normal circumstances, a prime minister rising miraculously from his sickbed on Easter Sunday would be considered the work of an "over-imaginative spin doctor".

The Daily Mirror reports that the cabinet is split over when to begin lifting the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It says that there is a "chilling fear" about damaging the economy "beyond repair" and whether the NHS can cope if there is an easing of measures introduced last month.

The Financial Times has seen a chart which has been circulated to clinicians - which will ask them to "score" thousands of patients to decide who is suitable for intensive care treatment. The categories used to judge people are reportedly someone's age, frailty and if they have any underlying conditions. The paper says that although clinical discretion could come into play - any patient over the age of 70 will be considered "borderline" for treatment.

"Spreading like wildfire" and the "hidden front line" are two stark assessments of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on care homes.

The owner of 15 care homes has told the Times the sector is bracing itself for a "tsunami" of cases. The paper also says that there is a perception among care staff that they play "second fiddle" to the NHS.

"Unforgiveable" is the Daily Mirror's view of delays in getting personal protective equipment to doctors and nurses. The paper says government ministers reciting numbers of items is "meaningless" when health care workers in hospitals "know the terrible truth".

The Sun is more sympathetic to the government's plight - saying that while it appreciates getting more PPE is "easier said than done" - ministers should "strain every sinew" to resolve the situation.

Moss a 'true sportsman'

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image captionSir Stirling Moss was the first British driver to win a home grand prix

Away from coverage of coronavirus, tributes are paid to the racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss, who has died at the age of 90.

Writing in the Guardian, former F1 World Champion Damon Hill describes Sir Stirling as a "true sportsman" and someone who was a throwback to an era that understood what it meant to be generous in defeat, chivalrous and a fair winner.

image captionComedian Tim Brooke-Taylor was best known as one third of the popular 1970s show The Goodies, and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

"Covid kills a Goodie," is the Daily Star's headline as it pays tribute to Tim Brooke-Taylor, who died yesterday aged 79.