image captionThe Daily Telegraph leads on Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s comment that the government is “absolutely open” to delaying the easing of Covid restrictions in England beyond 21 June. The paper says it came despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying last week that there was no evidence that a delay was necessary. A senior source tells the paper they believe the chance of a delay has increased since then.
image captionThe Daily Express reports that the UK is in a “race” to roll-out second doses for people over the age of 50, as Mr Hancock hinted the revised “freedom date” could be 5 July. It says there is a “vaccine battle” to “save” the original proposed date of 21 June.
image captionTory MPs have reacted with “fury” to Mr Hancock’s comments, according to the Daily Mail. It quotes Sir Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West, saying the government was “wasting the advantages afforded by the success of vaccinations”. “The original mission statement was to save lives by protecting the NHS. We’ve done that. The more it moves the goalposts, the more people will be made redundant,” he adds.
image captionThe UK is in a “race to stop” the Delta variant spreading long Covid, the i reports. Its bullet-point summary of news lines focuses on the risks faced by young people, with under-30s being invited to book their vaccinations this week. Experts are warning that younger people who have not yet been jabbed risk contracting “long Covid”, the paper reports.
image captionThe Times says British holidaymakers in Portugal are being met with “chaos” at airports and Covid testing sites, as many try to get back before the country is removed from the UK’s travel green list at 04:00 BST on Tuesday. The paper says passengers were “warned of waits of up to four hours” at a testing site at Faro airport.
image captionThe Daily Mirror is one of the papers to lead with a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have announced the birth of their second child, a girl. It says they have “touchingly” named her Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor after the Queen and the Princess of Wales.
image captionThe Metro features a grinning Queen on its front page and jokes that the name is a “gran gesture”. That’s especially as it comes after what it says has been a “tumultuous year that tested their royal relationship”. The paper says the Queen “gained the nickname as a toddler when she was unable to pronounce her name Elizabeth”.
image captionRoyal experts believe the choice “may be an olive branch to the Royal Family after recent controversies”, says the Sun. Its front page is dominated by a black and white image of the duke and duchess posted when they announced the pregnancy.
image captionBut the Daily sSar says the couple’s choice of name has been branded “cringey” because of their criticism of the Royal Family in recent months. It says the “publicity-shy couple” chose to call their daughter Lilibet to ensure a “totally normal low-key birth”.
image captionThe Guardian looks back at the landmark deal struck by rich nations on Saturday to make multinational companies pay more tax, reporting that experts are warning of a “large loophole”. Amazon could “escape paying significantly more tax” because it runs “at very low profit margins”, it says – with a margin of 6.3% in 2020. That is “partly because it reinvests heavily, and partly to gain market share,” the paper adds.
image captionAnd the Financial Times warns that a global shortage in computer chips will last “at least another year”. The paper says a “rapid rebound in vehicle sales” has combined with a “lockdown-driven boom in games consoles, laptops and televisions” to leave chipmakers “overwhelmed by a sharp increase in demand for semiconductors”.