What the papers say – March 13

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Boris Johnson’s frank words on the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic lead many of Friday’s papers.

The Times features an image of Mr Johnson behind a chart showing the fall of the FTSE 100 on “the worst day for the markets since Black Monday”. The headline carries a quote from the PM: “Many more families are going to lose loved ones”.

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The same headline features on the Daily Telegraph, Metro, Daily Mail and Daily Express as Mr Johnson set out his plans to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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The Guardian also features the coronavirus latest, with Mr Johnson calling it the worst public health crisis in a generation.

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The Financial Times leads on the impact of the worsening situation on the world’s markets.

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The i carries the advice that people should stay at home if they fall ill.

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While the Independent reports as many as 10,000 people in Britain could be infected.

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The Daily Mirror questions whether Mr Johnson’s actions are enough, while The Sun leads on the PM’s advice for ill people to stay at home.

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The Daily Star, however, swerves the coronavirus latest and leads with former Manchester United player Eric Cantona being lined up for I’m A Celebrity.

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