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Newspaper headlines: PM’s ‘second wave’ fears, and airport test calls


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Newspaper headlines: PM’s ‘second wave’ fears, and airport test calls

Image copyright PA Media Many of the front pages are still dominated by the decision to impose a two week quarantine on travellers returning from Spain. The Daily Telegraph runs quotes from the chief executive of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, urging the government to allow airports to carry out Covid-19 tests to help save the tourism…

Newspaper headlines: PM’s ‘second wave’ fears, and airport test calls

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Many of the front pages are still dominated by the decision to impose a two week quarantine on travellers returning from Spain.

The Daily Telegraph runs quotes from the chief executive of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, urging the government to allow airports to carry out Covid-19 tests to help save the tourism and holiday industries – an idea which the paper reports has gained support from the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The Guardian suggests the quarantine requirement could soon be halved, with scientific models suggesting almost all cases coming into the country could be detected by making people take a test a week after arrival.

The row over whether the government’s decision to introduce the restrictions so suddenly also continues across the comment sections. The Times leader commends ministers for implementing the new rules swiftly, a move it says was in stark contrast to the time taken to put the country into lockdown in March.

The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman focuses on the impact that the latest policy U-turn may have on consumer confidence, saying the government’s actions may lead to people becoming so risk-averse that they avoid doing things that are essential to kick-start the faltering economy.

Elsewhere, the online-only Independent highlights damning claims from MPs regarding the government’s handling of care homes in England during the coronavirus pandemic.

It quotes a report from the Public Accounts Committee that accuses ministers of taking a “slow, inconsistent and at times negligent” approach to social care, with many care homes effective being “thrown to the wolves”. The Department of Health said they have worked closely with the sector and public health experts to support adult social care.

The Daily Mail’s leader issues a strong challenge to the prime minister on the subject, saying if he does not act swiftly to address the concerns raised in the report, they “must reluctantly conclude this words are worthless”.

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Officials investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann search an allotment in Germany

Most of the tabloids feature pictures of German police digging up an allotment in Germany near to where a man suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann lived.

The Sun reports that possible evidence samples were removed from the site close to Hanover, while the Daily Express claims that around 100 officers and sniffer dogs took part in the operation. Three-year-old Madeleine went missing while on holiday in Portugal with her family in 2007.

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The development of a new blood test that could diagnose Alzheimers two decades before symptoms develop features in many of the papers. The Daily Telegraph quotes Professor Clive Ballard from the University of Exeter, who calls it an “exciting step”, but cautions that it could take another five years for the test to be made available.

The leader in the Daily Express compares the scientists responsible for developing it with the World War Two era code-breakers in Bletchley Park, and says the news highlights why efforts should be made to encourage more young people to pursue a career in scientific research.

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And scientists may have finally discovered why leaves on the line cause so much chaos for commuters. The Times reports research by scientists at the University of Sheffield, which has found that they change into an extraordinarily slick paste when crushed, which causes the friction between rails and wheels to become similar to that seen between ice and an ice-skate.

The lead researcher, Dr Michael Watson, details a number of solutions to the problem, including cutting down certain species of trees lining railways, or spraying rails with a substance that stop them from fusing with leaves.

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