Newspaper headlines: 'Trace against time' as thousands flock to beaches

By BBC News

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image captionA healthcare professional in Italy shows a test tube with blood for a serological test that can identify who has contracted Covid-19 and has produced antibodies

The Guardian reports that either Boris Johnson or Matt Hancock is expected to announce later that NHS and social care staff are to get coronavirus antibody tests next week.

The blood tests will reveal if they have had the virus in the past.

The paper says the move is part of an attempt to "reduce the anxiety of frontline workers" and provide data on how many people have been infected.

But experts have told the Guardian that the tests could create a "false sense of security", because while it is hoped the presence of antibodies reduces the risk of re-infection, the theory has not yet been proved.

"Tories split as MPs are ordered back to distanced Commons," is the headline in the Times, after the government ended virtual sittings of Parliament.

An unnamed Conservative MP is quoted describing the move as "absolutely ridiculous" because video conferencing had shown MPs could work from home in line with government advice.

But others within the Tory Party have reportedly called their colleagues "lazy" for not wanting to return to Westminster.

The paper also reveals the Commons looked at creating individual boxes for MPs to sit in, but the plan was dismissed because it would have required individuals to have their own supply of oxygen.

The Sun reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing a "major" rebellion within the Conservative Party over state support for self-employed workers.

It says "at least" 40 Tory MPs are willing to make a stand if Mr Sunak does not extend the current scheme beyond the end of the month.

The Conservative MP for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland, says that withdrawing support for freelancers would be a "betrayal" of those who voted for the Tories last year.

The Daily Telegraph says a Lib Dem peer has been paid through the government's job retention scheme.

It reports that Lord Fox furloughed himself from his strategic communications company, despite having access to £100,000 pounds in the firm's account.

The Conservative MP, Robert Halfon, has accused the peer of "milking" the system, but Lord Fox said he had not been informed by HMRC that he was ineligible to apply.

"Zig-zagging Starmer had Keirleaders behind him looking bored," is the Daily Mail's take on the Labour leader's latest duel against Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions.

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The paper's sketchwriter, Henry Deedes, describes Sir Keir as "Le Grand Inquisitor", but says his performance yesterday "fell flat" and it was a struggle at times to work out what he was actually asking.

The New Statesman says despite the "widespread consensus" that the prime minister's recent weak performances were due to the lack of a supporting crowd behind him, the greater number of "cheers and heckles" this week made little difference.

And finally, the Times says the wreck of the Titanic is to be "sliced open by salvagers" - 108 years after history's most famous iceberg tore open its hull.

Despite opposition from the US government, a judge in Virginia has granted permission for an expedition to recover the ship's Marconi telegraph device.

The paper says it's not known what the company plans to do with the radio, but suggests it could be headed for a Las Vegas casino complex, where the firm manages a Titanic exhibition.