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Newspaper headlines: 'Last chance saloon' before lockdown, and cabinet 'split'

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"This may hurt a bit" is the front page headline in the Metro. It says England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, will make an "unprecedented TV briefing", on coronavirus on Monday morning.

"UK at critical point, scientists to warn public", is the Guardian's front page headline, alongside a picture of Boris Johnson in a mask.

Both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express report Mr Johnson will then tell Britain later this week that it's in the "last chance saloon" before a new lockdown.

The Daily Mail, however, is cautious about whether one is needed. It has a column from a GP, Dr Renee Hoenderkamp, who argues a "circuit breaker" lockdown would be "sheer insanity" - when flu and pneumonia are already much more virulent.

She says all lockdowns do is delay the virus, and that "collective immunity" currently remains our best defence.

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image captionProf Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance are to address the nation

"The government's lockdown measures are a gift to Labour", argues the Telegraph's lead editorial, as the party holds a virtual version of its annual party conference this week.

It says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer's offer to support whatever lockdown measures the government decrees may seem like a generous offer, but is a trap.

"No-one blames the opposition if it backs a disastrous policy", citing the examples of the Tories supporting the Iraq war in 2003, and Labour the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.

"Starmer must show Labour is strong on numbers", writes Stephen Bush in the Times, noting that while the party is now level-pegging in a recent opinion poll, it's still behind on the economy.

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"Sales of eco-friendly cars overtake diesel", is a front-page headline in the Times.

It reports that between April and June, 33,000 electric and hybrid cars were registered, compared with fewer than 30,000 diesel ones.

While the closure of car showrooms meant vehicle sales plummeted overall, it says figures show a fifth of all cars are now "alternative fuel" models, capable of being driven in zero-emissions mode.

The Daily Telegraph carries a warning about the dangers of so-called "seal selfies", from the Marine Conservation Society.

The charity says that staycationers - who take pictures of themselves alongside seals - risk upsetting them, and making mothers more likely to abandon their pups.

In recent weeks, the paper reports, pups have had to be rescued from the popular Yorkshire beaches of Filey and Bridlington, after they were left to fend for themselves. It says drones and dogs without leads also pose a threat.

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image captionPanic buying at the start of the pandemic left some supermarkets in the UK with empty shelves

And just when we'd finally worked our way through all that loo roll we panic bought as a nation in March, there are fears supermarket shelves could be emptied again during another lockdown.

Morrisons is reinstating its door marshals, the Guardian reports, while the Daily Express' leader column argues "there are enough staples for everyone if we behave responsibly and unselfishly".

"Britain gobbles up the Christmas turkeys" is the front-page headline in the Daily Star, which reports "greedy covidiots" are grabbing birds for fear they will run out.

A worried-looking turkey is pictured alongside the caption "that's me stuffed then".