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Newspaper headlines: PM back in No 10 ahead of plans to 'get UK moving'

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"Boris bounces back to get UK moving" is the front page headline of the Daily Mail, which pictures the prime minister smiling as he returns to Downing Street.

But the papers leave him in no doubt about the challenges he's facing.

In its editorial, the Mail says it isn't plausible that the "grinding lockdown can prevail much longer", while many papers warn the cabinet is split between those concerned about the economy and others worried about an upsurge of infections which could overwhelm the NHS.

There are growing doubts about the public mood too - with the i's political editor, Nigel Morris, saying the early approval of the government's handling of the crisis appears to be ebbing away.

The Daily Telegraph suggests Mr Johnson is "increasingly bullish" about modifying the restrictions - possibly as early as this week. According to the Times, advisers have been appointed to help ministers draw up guidance for different sectors, so companies can get back to work.

It suggests the rules could mean restricting numbers in gyms and barring shoppers from trying on clothes before they buy them.

The Financial Times believes one of the thorniest dilemmas is the question of when to re-open schools.

It highlights research suggesting that two-thirds of British children have not taken part in online learning since the lockdown began and it argues that plans for the safe return to formal education need to be made now.

One possible solution, it believes, is to split school pupils into groups which are kept apart.

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The pictures of queues outside DIY stores, sunbathers on the beach, and cyclists bunched together on Wimbledon Common have led to questions about the lockdown rules - according to the Sun.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation - which represents rank and file officers, tells the paper the government needs to issue clearer guidance.

He asks: "Why is it OK to queue with hundreds outside a B&Q but not to sit on a blanket in a park well away from other people? It makes no sense whatsoever to my colleagues, and I doubt whether it makes any sense to the public."

The papers consider the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who has not been seen publicly for more than a fortnight and missed an important state occasion.

The New York Times says that amid the rumours about his health, American spy satellites have scoured the country for signs of Mr Kim. The Times says his luxury train has been spotted at an elite seaside resort.

The South Korean paper, Dong-a Ilbo, quotes a former senior official that defected from the regime who believes he may have been injured during a missile test.

Finally, the papers celebrate the efforts of the fundraisers who came up with inventive tests of endurance to make up for the postponement of the London Marathon.

The Times highlights some of the weirdest efforts of the 2.6 challenge - which was inspired by the 26.2 miles in a marathon course.

Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill bounced a golf ball on a cheese grater 26 times, one girl scored 2,600 netball goals in her back garden, and a woman in Cheshire walked around her six-acre field 26 times in 26 different outfits - including an Elvis imitation white jumpsuit.

An earlier version of this story had a different headline.