image captionDowning Street is working privately on the assumption that the second wave of Covid-19 will be more deadly that the first, according to the Telegraph. The paper says a projection, provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, shows deaths peaking at a lower level than in the spring, but then remaining at this level for weeks or even months. As a result, the prime minister is coming under increasing pressure from advisers to lock down again, a source tells the paper.
image captionThe Guardian also says calls for a national lockdown are growing, with 367 coronavirus deaths reported on Tuesday – the highest number since May. Meanwhile, more than 9,000 people were in hospital with the virus, with Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust the latest to cancel some non-urgent operations, the paper reports.
image captionHowever, Boris Johnson is also facing pressure from a group of cross-party MPs and scientists to provide an exit strategy for how the country emerges from lockdown, according to the i. It comes as evidence emerges that tough tier three restrictions have helped bring cases down in Liverpool, the paper reports.
image caption“Tragedy in the Channel”, is the headline for the Daily Mail, which leads with the news that two young children – aged five and eight – and two adults have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of northern France. A search is resuming at dawn for a fifth individual who could not be accounted for, with officials fearing it is the infant child of the dead woman, according to the paper.
image captionThe prime minister’s food tsar has said the government has a “moral obligation” to stop disadvantaged children going hungry, as he announced plans for a £1.2bn programme to help those most in need, the Times reports. Henry Dimbleby’s proposals include a holiday activity and food programme, a health food voucher scheme and an extension of the free school meals programme, according to the paper.
image captionMeanwhile, the Metro leads with comments from a Conservative council leader in Walsall suggesting parents struggling to feed their children should shop at Marks and Spencer. The paper says Mike Bird slammed the campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford to extend free school meals during the half-term holiday, insisting: “It doesn’t take a great deal of money to feed a child”.
image captionThe Mirror leads with calls from the father of murdered toddler James Bulger for one of his killers, Jon Venables, never to be freed after a report warned of a risk of sex offences. The Parole Board turned down his bid to go free after he was jailed for possessing child abuse images.
image caption“Millions face the end of free banking”, declares the Daily Express, which reports that HSBC has warned it may start charging current account customers a monthly fee. The bank issued the alert after a 36% slump in profits, blamed on the pandemic, according to the paper.
image captionThere is positive news on the front page of the Financial Times, which reports that HSBC and Santander have declared the worst of the economic damage from coronavirus is behind them. The paper says the banks – two of the largest in Europe – have reported strong third-quarter earnings because of a sharp drop in new provisions for bad loans.
image captionThe Daily Star reports that vandals have targeted the graves of entertainment stars Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd with abuse about fellow Liverpool legend John Lennon. The paper calls the incident a “Halloween horror”.