Newspaper headlines: Virus 'out of control' and 'crackdown planned'

By BBC News
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Paramedics transfer a patient from an ambulance into the Royal London Hospital

The record daily high in the number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test is examined by most of the papers, with the Daily Express calling the latest figures the "harsh reality of the Covid crisis laid bare".

The Daily Mail focuses on Boris Johnson's warning for the public to obey the restrictions, summing up his message with the headline: "You must stay at home."

The Daily Telegraph says there is growing concern within government about compliance, while the Times warns that the government's scientific advisers are worried a "public neglect of the restrictions could keep infections high for months".

The Financial Times also leads on the latest Covid statistics - but pays particular attention to the situation in London where the mayor has declared a major incident.

Sadiq Khan has said the spread of the virus in the city is "out of control".

The Guardian also focuses on the emergency services and the pressures they are under during the pandemic.

The paper has been to Milton Keynes where it says it has been given "rare access to a hospital battling to contain the pandemic".

It features a photograph on the front page of a woman wearing an oxygen mask, who is pregnant and has Covid.

The Daily Mirror tries to strike a more positive tone with its front page, highlighting the approval of a third coronavirus vaccine while noting it happened on a "dark day".

The Sun adds there is a "fresh hope of ending the nightmare" as researchers say they believe Covid jabs do work on new strains of the virus.

Donald Trump's permanent suspension from Twitter has been described by the New York Times as cutting him off from his "preferred megaphone".

Online, Politico reports on the comments of his son, Donald Trump Jr, who called the move "absolute insanity".

It also mentions the president's former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, who said "silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country".

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The Chinese government is funding British YouTube stars to produce propaganda videos, according to the Times.

It quotes the Conservative MP and chairman of the Chinese Research Group, Tom Tugendhat, as saying "dictators have always used useful idiots to whitewash their crimes and sadly the current rulers in Beijing are following the same playbook".

Some of the papers report on Sir David Attenborough's decision to stop using Instagram.

The broadcaster says he was "persuaded" to join the site last year to post a message about conservation, but as the Times sums it up - the 94-year-old has given up social media in order to "answer his postbag".

The Guardian pays tribute to the "pioneering" writer and author, Katharine Whitehorn, who has died at the age of 93.

It says in 1960, a time when national newspapers were dominated by men, she joined the Observer, where she became the first woman to have a column at the title.

The Guardian says she was best known for her "tongue in cheek" pieces.