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Scotland’s papers: Passing the peak and day trip risk to lockdown


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Scotland’s papers: Passing the peak and day trip risk to lockdown

Image caption Like many of Thursday’s papers, The Scotsman leads with the prime minister’s declaration that the peak of the coronavirus outbreak across the UK has passed and the worst was now over. Image caption Likewise, the Scottish Daily Express also headlines on Boris Johnson’s words during his Downing Street briefing. His appearance was his…

Scotland’s papers: Passing the peak and day trip risk to lockdown

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Like many of Thursday’s papers, The Scotsman leads with the prime minister’s declaration that the peak of the coronavirus outbreak across the UK has passed and the worst was now over.

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Likewise, the Scottish Daily Express also headlines on Boris Johnson’s words during his Downing Street briefing. His appearance was his first at the daily news conference since he contracted Covid-19.

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The Daily Record also leads on the prime minister’s words and writes that he is poised to announce his lockdown exit plans next week.

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Britain ‘past peak’ of virus, is the headline in The Times, which also features an image of veteran Cpt Tom Moore who celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday with a card from the Queen.

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The Press and Journal shows a mock-up image of Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon and says the leaders are united on keeping the lockdown rules in place despite claims to the contrary.

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There are fears the prime minister’s declaration that the peak of the outbreak was over could harm the fight against the virus, according to The Courier, which quotes “sources” in the Scottish government urging caution.

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Meanwhile, The Herald claims that the effectiveness of lockdown measures could be put at risk by a “weary and frustrated public” flouting the rules. The paper also says there are sign more elderly people are taking bus trips despite the restrictions.

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The Daily Telegraph says Boris Johnson is poised to reveal a “road map” out of lockdown. Although the prime minister has said it is too early to lift restrictions, he has promised a “menu of options”, says the paper.

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Away from the politics of coronavirus, the i newspaper focuses on the quest to find a treatment for Covid-19. The paper details trials of existing medicines that are reportedly having some impact against the virus.

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“Mega-rich” Victoria Beckham has made an “embarrassing u-turn”, writes The Scottish Sun, after the former Spice Girl and fashion designer reversed a decision to furlough 25 workers as part of the government’s job retention scheme.

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The Glasgow Times devotes its front page to the names of hundreds of key workers it calls “heroes” who have continued providing vital services during the lockdown.

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The Daily Mail continues to highlight its own campaign to provide PPE to frontline care staff by featuring an image of two care home workers clad in the protective equipment the paper procured.

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Aberdeen’s Evening Express reports on the nurses at the city’s hospital who enabled a daughter to say goodbye to her dying mother through an iPad after virus restrictions prevented her being at her bedside.

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The SNP has hit out at the UK Home Office, which the party says has ignored repeated parliamentary questions and letters. The National says the government department is “dodging scrutiny” by its actions.

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Dundee’s Evening Telegraph features an interview with John Nelms who tells the paper he can see how “people think I’m the bad guy” over his part in the decision to hand United the league.

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Edinburgh’s trams are in line for a bailout, according to the Evening News, which writes that Holyrood chiefs will provide cash in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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