image caption“Don’t steal our summer,” the Daily Mail’s front page reads. The paper says business leaders and senior MPs have told the prime minister to “stick to his Covid roadmap” after he said “we may need to wait” for the lifting of all restrictions in England, which is currently planned for 21 June. Mr Johnson also said he “didn’t see anything in the data” to justify changing this date, the paper adds.
image captionThe Times says hopes of ending restrictions next month “hang in the balance”. It is quoting Prof Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, whose modelling was crucial to the decision to go into the first lockdown in March 2020. Cases of the Indian variant have “doubled in a week”, it says.
image captionThe Daily Express, featuring a picture of the prime minister with arms folded on its front page, notes that the Indian variant is now the dominant variant in the UK. On a more positive note, it also features a picture of Bournemouth beach in the sun, which it says “is back (at least for a fortnight)”.
image captionPeople are making the most of the good weather on the front page of the i newspaper. However, its round-up of the main coronavirus news stories below is slightly less cheery, noting that the government is “set to cancel free parking for NHS staff when lockdown restrictions are lifted”.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph looks at the fallout from explosive claims made by the prime minister’s ex-chief aide, Dominic Cummings, about the government’s handling of the pandemic. The health secretary faced “a day of speculation” about his political future yesterday, the paper says, as he denied the claim that he lied about protecting care homes from Covid.
image captionThe Metro reports that Mr Hancock was asked five times during a Downing Street press conference whether he “promised the PM residents would be tested” before they were discharged from hospital last March. It says Mr Hancock “refused to answer but admitted the tests were not available until the end of April”. The prime minister “refused to be drawn on whether he still had confidence in Mr Hancock”, the paper adds.
image captionEight “care home Covid victims” are pictured on the front page of the Daily Mirror. Families are “demanding an urgent inquiry to find out why loved-ones became ‘lambs to the slaughter'”, it says.
image captionThe Guardian says Mr Hancock faced pressure “to explain why the government had failed to protect care home residents”. The health secretary said it wasn’t possible to test them all before they were discharged, but the paper quotes Labour’s shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall, saying that “simply doesn’t stack up”.
image captionAnd the Financial Times leads on the news that Russia has denied entry to two European airlines because they planned to avoid flying over Belarus to get to Moscow. The paper says “industry insiders have grown concerned about the politicisation of airspace” in the wake of the arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, who was arrested after the Ryanair plane he was travelling on was forced to land in Minsk.
image captionAnd the Daily Star says the UK is “hotter than Baywatch” with bank holiday temperatures “good for 27C” and the start of a heatwave on the horizon. The sun “finally decides to show up”, it says.