Newspaper headlines: Fears of 'all-out war' and concerns over variant

By BBC News
Staff

Published
image copyrightGetty Images
image captionThe Sun say 21 June will bring the "Great British Mask Off" as rules are eased

The Sun celebrates on its front page what it calls the "Great British Mask Off".

The paper suggests scientists support plans to end the requirement for face coverings in shops and offices in England from 21 June.

But the i leads on the concerns of scientific advisers that variant cases could triple, which could delay the end of lockdown. Although the paper's policy editor stresses the watchword is "concern" not "alarm".

The Guardian reports that analysis by researchers at Imperial College London suggests the strain could be more transmissible than the Kent variant, but it is not yet clear why.

The Financial Times says scientists are concerned by reports of fully vaccinated people in India becoming infected with Covid-19. Although an Indian virologist tells the FT that severe cases after vaccination remain "very very rare."

The Daily Telegraph suggests that new NHS guidance will instruct GPs in England to triage patients by speaking to them first by phone or online.

Practices brought in this approach during the first lockdown on a temporary basis but the Telegraph says it will now become the default.

NHS England said that from Monday GP practices must ensure they were offering convenient face-to-face appointments.

The Daily Mail leads with an estimate that patients with dementia and their families have spent £14bn on social care, according to the Alzheimer's Society, since what it calls Boris Johnson's "broken promise" to fix the system.

The Mail calls it "indecently wrong" that the government has not dealt with the issue - saying "there is no safer time for No 10 to take tough decisions". The Department of Health and Social Care said it was committed to bringing forward a longer term reform plan this year.

GCSE and A level papers from last year's cancelled exams that many schools in England are using to test pupils this summer are being sold on social media, according to the Guardian - with sites offering them for as little as £1.

The body representing exam boards, the JCQ, said teachers were deciding grades using a range of evidence.

The Daily Mirror and Daily Express both report on how on the 18th birthday of Madeleine McCann - missing since she was three - her parents still have not given up hope.

The Mirror says they still leave cards and presents in her room. The Sun says German investigators, who are holding the suspect in the case, say they have new evidence.

image copyrightPA Media
image captionMadness frontman Suggs has been surprising strangers with impromptu performances, according to the Daily Star

And the Daily Star reveals that frustration at not being able to do any gigs has led the frontman of Madness, Suggs, to surprise strangers with impromptu performances.

The star has apparently taken to singing to people at bus stops. And according to his wife his serenades haven't gone down so well, with people running away. The Star jokes of his behaviour, "that's the first sign of Madness".