image captionMonday’s papers are dominated by the news that everyone in England will be able to have two lateral flow Covid tests a week. Boris Johnson is hopeful the widespread testing will stop virus outbreaks “in their tracks”, the i reports, with the tests able to produce results within 30 minutes. The mass rapid testing scheme has been revealed as the prime minister gives further details of his plan to loosen restrictions.
image captionThe government said the increased testing will “help prevent outbreaks and help us reclaim a more normal way of life”, the Times says. “PM pins hopes on mass testing,” says its headline. Meanwhile, the Times joins several other papers to feature images of the annual Boat Race, which Cambridge rowers won on Sunday.
image captionThe tests will be free and can be delivered to people’s homes without charge, according to the Daily Telegraph. The tests pave the way for businesses to ask staff or customers to show they have had a negative result, the paper adds. During a Downing Street press conference on Monday, Boris Johnson is also expected to unveil plans for allowing foreign holidays from 17 May using the traffic light system, the paper reports.
image captionHowever, some scientists have express scepticism over the plan, raising concerns over the possibility of false negatives with lateral flow tests, the Guardian reports. There also needs to be better support available to people who need to self-isolate, the paper adds. Moving away from the testing story, the paper says female teachers face sexual abuse within schools, according to the Nasuwt teaching union. Many schools are reportedly failing to confront the sexist harassment and abuse.
image captionThe Daily Mail also leads with the two tests a week which will soon be available. The paper says the programme is a multi-billion-pound scheme.
image captionThe Daily Express says the tests will be available from Friday and can be collected from pharmacies, as well as delivered to people’s homes. It points out the scheme applies even if people do not have coronavirus symptoms.
image captionAlongside its coverage of the weekly tests plan, the Daily Mirror carries pleas from shop owners who are asking the public to use their High Street stores – or risk losing them.
image caption“Easyjab” is the headline on the front of the Sun as the paper says the one-dose Janssen vaccination could “save” foreign holidays for young people and has been hailed a “game changer” by travel bosses.
image captionThe Daily Star is counting down the days to pubs reopening in England. “One week to go,” the paper says, calculating that 50m pints are ready for thirsty punters. Four million bookings have been made for pubs, according to the Star.
image captionFinally, the Financial Times’ lead story is a report into the People’s Bank of China which has asked lenders to rein in credit supply. The move signals a change in Beijing’s priorities, focusing on regulatory scrutiny to control credit risks rather than boosting economic growth, the FT says. It comes as a surge of lending renewed concerns over asset bubbles and financial stability, the paper adds.