Newspaper headlines: 'Travel crackdown' and cash for cladding crisis

By BBC News
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The tougher measures for passengers arriving in England from coronavirus hotspots is the main story for many, with attention focused on the penalties for breaking the rules.

"Tourists may face 10 years in jail for lies about travel," is the Times' headline.

The Metro says the choice is between 10 days in a hotel room or 10 years in a prison cell if you lie.

The Guardian reports that the move prompted consternation from Tory MPs, who questioned threatening people with lengthy jail sentences and large fines without a Commons vote or debate.

The Telegraph says it puts failure to declare travel on the government's quarantine form on a par with making threats to kill, indecent assault and carrying a firearm.

The paper's MATT cartoon shows two inmates inside a prison cell. One tells the other: "You're in for Morocco? I'm doing 10 years for a holiday in Cape Town."

The Sun says it has seen the first official data on the impact of the vaccine rollout.

According to the paper, the figures show that people who have had one dose of the Pfizer jab have two-thirds protection against Covid.

It says efficacy after two shots rises to between 79 and 84%, depending on age - though lower than the 95% shown in the trials.

Public Health England tells the Sun it's analysing the data from the programme and will publish its findings in due course.

The initial conclusions of a World Health Organization mission to China investigating the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak are treated with disdain in some quarters.

A commentator for the Mail says the report flagrantly parrots Communist Party claims about the origins that range from the unproven to the fantastical.

The Telegraph describes the findings as a whitewash - and music to the ears of the Chinese leadership.

According to the Times, MI6 is recruiting foreign-born spies after quietly relaxing entry requirements.

Candidates no longer need to have been born in the UK, but they must still hold a British passport.

A Whitehall source tells the paper the spy agency wants to recruit from the biggest talent pool possible and create a workforce with a "diversification of thought... not people who all think in similar ways".

media caption"I'm here live, I'm not a cat"

Finally, the pandemic has led to many computer mishaps, as workers doing their jobs from home adapt to using video technology for virtual meetings.

But - the Guardian says - a Texas lawyer's accidental morphing into a wide-eyed kitten appears destined to achieve viral immortality.

Rod Ponton had inadvertently left a kitten filter on during the Zoom call with a judge in court - and was unable to change it.

Faced with hearing legal debate from the kitten's cute but worried face, Judge Roy Ferguson told Mr Ponton: "I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings."

Mr Ponton explained that he didn't know how to remove it, but assured the judge: "I'm here live. I am not a cat."

It seems the judge saw the funny side, with the Guardian reporting that he tweeted afterwards: "If a child used your computer before you join a virtual hearing, check the 'Zoom video options' to be sure filters are off."