image captionThe Guardian says official NHS data suggests that up to 8,700 patients have died after catching Covid while in hospital for other medical problems since March 2020. That represents almost three in 10 people who contacted the disease in hospital, it adds. Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calls the figures “devastating”.
image captionMillions of people who have had two doses of the vaccine could still be made to spend 10 days at home if they’ve been in contact with someone who’s had the virus after 21 June, when the final stage of England’s roadmap out of lockdown is due to take place. That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, which says the continued imposition of quarantine “is likely to undermine plans for ‘normality’ to return”.
image captionAsda and the AA are among the UK companies “sold off to private equity in a high-risk ‘pandemic plundering’ spree”, the Daily Mail reports. It says 123 firms have been “bought up by the predators” since the start of the pandemic, and 19 more deals are due to take place.
image captionThe Daily Express says thousands of Britons have flown to Spain “in defiance” of advice from the government, which includes the country on its amber list of travel destinations. It’s because “tourism chiefs predicted it will soon join the green list”, the paper says, next to a photo of parasols lining a sunny beach.
image captionThe i features a curious crop of the prime minister’s ex-aide Dominic Cummings, who it reports is “expected to reveal turbulence at the heart of government” when he gives his long-awaited and much-trailed evidence on the government’s handling of the pandemic to Parliament on Wednesday.
image captionThe Daily Mirror reports that Premier League star Marcus Rashford “has urged the Tories to finally do the right thing” after MPs debated his child hunger petition. “You should help them,” reads a quote from Rashford on the front page.
image captionThe Financial Times reports that EU leaders have been preparing to “punish” Belarus after journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested when his flight was diverted to Minsk. Ideas being considered include targeting “the business interests of oligarchs who are financiers” of the regime, banning Belarus’s national airline from EU airports, declaring its airspace unsafe, and extending travel bans and asset freezes that are already imposed on dozens of officials, the paper says.
image captionUK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has promised sanctions against Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, the Metro reports – calling the diversion of the flight over a supposed bomb threat “a danger to civilian flights everywhere”.
image captionBack in the UK, the Times reports that “huge parts of the countryside could be paved over” in the south of England in an effort to meet revised housebuilding targets over the next five years. The paper says the new analysis of planning policy has “reignited concerns on the Tory back benches” that reforms could “alienate Conservative voters in the shires while undermining commitments made to the North”.
image captionThe Sun claims that Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock is “distraught” after thieves stole an engagement ring it says was worth £40,000.
image captionAnd the Daily Star says anyone wondering what is going on with the weather should look to Greenland. Its conclusion was reached after “an exhaustive 30-second investigation”, it adds.