Newspaper headlines: 'Strictly want Carrie' and Clarke denies claims

By BBC News


"What a boost for Britain!" is the Daily Mail's headline, as it reports that the number of people falling ill with Covid in England has dropped to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic.

There are only 757 symptomatic cases a day according to the ZOE app study, the paper says, and the chance of getting infected is 1-in-150,000 for people who've had both jabs. "So why aren't we opening up faster?" asks an editorial in the Mail. It says "Britain should capitalise on this success, not cower in a bunker".

Experts are demanding the prime minister set up a public inquiry into the government's handling of coronavirus, according to the Guardian.

The Institute for Government - whose leadership includes former Conservative and Labour politicians - tells the paper it wants hearings to begin in September. The Guardian believes the prime minister's reported comment about "bodies piling high" has reignited calls for an inquiry because of anger among bereaved families.

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The Times leads on the results of a YouGov survey which, the paper says, suggest the Conservatives have increased their lead over Labour, ahead of next month's local elections.

The paper says it could be a sign that the row about renovations at Downing Street isn't cutting through to voters. A figure from YouGov explains to the Times that people did not expect Boris Johnson to be the "cleanest of clean" when he was elected.

The Sun suggests that Carrie Symonds could "hit the Strictly dancefloor" to help fund work at the No 11 flat. She's at the top of a BBC wish list for the next series, according to the paper.

A source at the corporation tells the paper it'd be a huge coup, and the offer's there if she wants it.

The row about renovations at Downing Street is also the lead for the Metro. It says a beleaguered Boris Johnson "put his partner in the frame" when he declared his love for John Lewis. The Daily Express uses its front page to highlight the Prime Minister's comment that he's "laser-focused" on leading the UK's Covid recovery.

The US government is investigating whether energy weapons have been used against White House officials in Washington, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The symptoms - nausea, vertigo and headaches - are said to be similar to those experienced by US embassy workers in Cuba in 2017.

The paper says there's now concern the attacks are taking place in America. The Telegraph notes there's still no consensus about the cause - but says it's likely the result of microwave energy - with Russia and China among the main suspects.