image captionFace mask requirements and work-from-home guidance could remain in place after 21 June if the variant first identified in India continues to spread in the UK, the Times front page reports. It says the government wants to prioritise ending restrictions on mass gatherings and helping hospitality and retail industries recover.
image caption“PM will be forced to decide on child jabs” is the headline on the Daily Telegraph, which reports that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will not make a recommendation on vaccinating children next month – only setting out “options and consequences”. The paper says some doctors, MPs, parents and celebrities are seeking to pressure the Boris Johnson not to go ahead with jabs for under-18s.
image captionMeanwhile, the i newspaper’s front page says that second jabs could be given sooner than the current eight-week interval in an effort to head off the third wave of infections. The paper says that in deciding whether reopening will go ahead on 21 June, the prime minister is eager to limit further damage to the economy, while some medics are arguing for a two-month delay.
image caption“Now we can remember the ones we lost” is the Daily Mail’s headline, as the paper reports that it has achieved its £2.3m fundraising target for a Covid memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Prince of Wales and the prime minister paid tribute to the public’s generosity, the paper says.
image captionThe Daily Mirror hails a “dementia miracle”, as it says the first drug shown to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease is set to be approved in the US and could be available on the NHS next year. Alzheimer’s UK tells the paper the drug, aducanumab, means there is “huge hope” now.
image captionA call to “end the £4bn ‘loyalty’ rip-off” leads the Daily Express, which reports that a watchdog has banned insurers from always raising premiums on customers who stick with the same company. The paper says campaigners also want to end the “loyalty penalty” for energy, mortgage, mobile phones and broadband.
image captionThe Financial Times leads on the news that a key inflation measure in the US in April recorded its biggest year-on-year jump since the 1990s, fuelling concerns about price rises. The paper also reports that the Angel of the North sculptor Anthony Gormley has offered a solution to the dilemma of what to do with the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes at Oxford’s Oriel College: turn it around to face the wall, he suggests.
image captionAnd the Daily Star is delighted to report that experts say working less could help save the planet, with proposals to adopt a four-day week for environmental reasons. “Where do we sign up?” the paper asks.