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Newspaper headlines: PM warning and England faces 'two-week lockdown'

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"Fear we go again" is how the Sun sums up Boris Johnson's admission that a second wave of coronavirus has begun.

It prints a huge silver padlock on its front page, emblazoned with a union flag, and says the prime minister is "agonising" over a new nationwide "social" lockdown.

"Lock-Tober" is how the Star describes the likely weeks ahead, while the i newspaper says the UK is "on the edge" with just a small window left to slow the rate of infection.

The Times says Mr Johnson is preparing for "hundreds of deaths", with a source telling the paper the number of cases will double every week, unless measures are taken.

The government's chief pandemic modeller, Graham Medley, tells the paper, a lockdown would have the "greatest impact" if it coincided with schools closing during October's half-term break.

The Daily Telegraph says that was the original plan - but a source tells the paper the thinking now is that October will be "too late" and that "hawks" within government want something done "in the next few days."

The Financial Times is one of several publications to reflect on the mounting questions from Tory MPs about Mr Johnson's leadership.

It says the decision of Amal Clooney to quit as the UK's envoy on media freedom - because of plans to override the EU withdrawal treaty - has added to "a sense of disarray" within government.

"I don't understand what's happened to Boris," one supporter tells the paper, adding that "he seems a shadow of his ebullient self".

The Daily Express is more supportive. It says Mr Johnson has its "sympathy" as he "wrestles" with a crisis that keeps getting tougher.

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image captionUS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87

The online editions of the US papers pay tribute to the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has died from complications linked to pancreatic cancer.

The Washington Post describes her as "a legal pioneer for gender equality, whose fierce opinions made her a hero to the left".

She became a "feminist pop culture icon", it says, whose regal image as the "Notorious RBG" graced tote bags, T-shirts and coffee mugs.

USA Today says her "diminutive presence belied her titanic influence" as "a bulwark against an increasingly conservative majority within the high court."

Writing in the Guardian, Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner calls for the UK's care workers to get a pay rise.

She says the weekly lockdown applause should be followed by "meaningful change" - adding that "empty gestures and pats on the back don't pay the rent".

Ms Rayner writes that it's "unconscionable" that most care workers still earn less than the real living wage of £9.30 an hour.

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image captionWales star Gareth Bale is nearing a return to the Premier League

One person whose wages are certainly not found wanting is the footballer Gareth Bale. The Telegraph reports that the deal to bring him back to Tottenham will see Spurs pay him £220,000 a week - in addition to the £380,000 he will receive from Real Madrid while he is on loan.

He is pictured grinning on many of the back pages and giving a thumbs up to fans as he is driven into Tottenham's training ground.

The Star says he was given a hero's welcome after flying in from Spain. "After a short trip around the M25, the winger was rewarded with the sort of adulation which never seemed to come his way at Real Madrid" it concludes.