What the papers say – July 23

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What the papers say – July 23 (PA) (PA Wire)
What the papers say – July 23 (PA) (PA Wire)

Changes to isolation rules lead many of Friday’s papers, with hopes the move will put the brakes on the so-called pingdemic.

The Times writes supermarket depot workers will be exempt from quarantine if they are pinged as a contact of a Covid case, as ministers seek to avoid food shortages.

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The i and Daily Express carry a similar story, the paper saying hundreds of thousands will be able to avoid isolation if they are fully vaccinated and test negative every day.

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Metro leads with the headline “Ping in the Army”, writing one MP has suggested the armed forces could be used to keep supermarket shelves filled.

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And the Daily Mail carries calls from business leaders looking to “save the UK from the paralysing effects of the pingdemic”.

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Covid also leads The Daily Telegraph with a study suggesting testing of school pupils, rather than isolating school groups, is just as effective in halting transmission.

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The Independent writes the infection rate among those aged 20 to 29 is at record levels.

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While the Daily Star has a mocked up missing poster for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson saying he “disappeared at the start of the pandemic and has only been spotted once or twice since”.

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The Guardian leads with reaction to the 3% pay rise for NHS staff, with the health service required to find around £500 million of the total bill.

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A review into supply chain finance and the description of financier Lex Greensill’s relationship with Government as “extraordinarily privileged” leads the Financial Times.

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And the Daily Mirror carries an interview with the mother of Ben Needham who disappeared on Kos 30 years ago.

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