The nation’s papers are led by the halt to lockdown easing amid a surge in England’s coronavirus cases.
The Daily Telegraph and The Times lead with the Prime Minister ‘slamming the brakes’ on further restrictions being lifted as warnings continue to grow over a potential second wave.
The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 31, 2020
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) July 31, 2020
The Daily Mail, i weekend and The Independent report England’s chief medical officer Chris Witty has warned the country has “reached the limits of what we can do in opening up society”.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) July 31, 2020
— i newspaper (@theipaper) July 31, 2020
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 31, 2020
The reopening of leisure businesses and resumption of close-up beauty treatments have been paused for at least two weeks, according to The Guardian.
Guardian front page, Saturday 1 August 2020 – PM: follow the rules or risk second major lockdown pic.twitter.com/OYFI6kl71a
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 31, 2020
The Daily Mirror dubs the situation a “lockdown meltdown” while the Daily Express calls the delays “tough love”.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) July 31, 2020
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) July 31, 2020
The FT Weekend reports the delay caps a week of “grim” virus figures, with the number of people infected rising from about one in 2,000 to about one in 1,500.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) July 31, 2020
And the Daily Star says a space expert has “bet 50 quid” that a new mission to Mars will find alien life on the planet.