Newspaper headlines: ‘Tougher lockdown’ warning and protect medics call


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The Observer leads with a warning from the prime minister that the coronavirus outbreak is likely to worsen and he is prepared to tighten the UK’s lockdown if necessary. The country’s 30 million households will receive a letter from Boris Johnson this week, which will also detail the government’s guidance on social distancing, symptoms and handwashing, the paper reports.

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The Sunday Express says the prime minister’s “bleak message” came as the UK death toll rose above 1,000 on Saturday. In his letter, Mr Johnson emphasises the country is facing a “national emergency” and pleads with the public to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives, the paper reports.

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The Sunday Telegraph also leads with the PM’s letter, quoting the prime minister as saying that the more “we all follow the rules”, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal. The paper says there are fears the UK is following the course of Italy and Spain – the two worst affected European countries so far.

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The Sunday Mirror calls for the UK to “protect our doctors and nurses” on its front page, alongside a photo of workers at London’s Excel centre, which is being turned into a temporary hospital. The paper says medics are pleading for more protective masks and gowns to stop them becoming “sitting ducks”. It quotes Dr Hisham El Khidir, cousin of one of the first UK doctors to die from the virus, saying more medics will lose their lives without better protection.

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The government’s leading epidemiology adviser has warned the UK must remain in full lockdown until June if it is to avoid the worst effects of the coronavirus, the Sunday Times reports. Prof Neil Ferguson said even when the lockdown is lifted some measures would remain for months. But some senior government figures are more optimistic, suggesting restrictions could be lifted earlier, with the peak of the crisis predicted for the week of 12 April, the paper adds.

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The Sunday People carries comments from NHS England medical director Stephen Powis, who has said that keeping the UK’s death toll below 20,000 would be a good result. But Prof Powis also warned that many more will die if the public do not stick to government guidance.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Star wants more support for waste collectors, who are calling for strict safety measures to protect them from the virus. “Don’t be rubbish to our bin men,” the paper tells its readers, urging the public to throw away less to keep services going.

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The Mail on Sunday reports ministers and senior Downing Street officials are “furious” at how China has handled the outbreak and say the country risks becoming a “pariah state”. They believe China has run a “campaign of misinformation” and attempted to exploit the pandemic for economic gain, according to the paper.

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