Newspaper headlines: Relaxed Covid rules and Black Lives Matter march

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Newspaper headlines: Relaxed Covid rules and Black Lives Matter march


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The PM has been told to “dump the rhetoric” around coronavirus and plan for a second wave, the Observer reports. Medical chiefs have called for a comprehensive plan as faith in the government drops. Meanwhile, the Cabinet is divided over a U-turn on US trade talks, the paper says, citing a letter from No 10 that reportedly instructs ministers to have “no specific policy” on animal welfare in trade talks with Washington. The lead image on the paper’s front page is of heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, who joined a Black Lives Matter protest in his hometown of Watford on Saturday.

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“Jobs bloodbath triggers swifter lockdown easing,” leads the Sunday Times. The PM signed off new measures to help reopen the economy at a meeting with Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday, the paper reports. Under the plans due to be unveiled this week, planning controls will be relaxed so cafes, pubs and restaurants can use outside areas, restrictions on weddings and funerals will go and places of worship will reopen, the paper adds. The PM has also reportedly told Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to secure “travel corridor” deals with holiday hotspots by 28 June.

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Continuing the focus on the economy, the Sunday Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson has told ministers to speed up the construction of new hospitals in a bid to boost infrastructure and “rebuild Britain” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a separate article, the paper reports the easing of lockdown was delayed as Public Health England was unable to deliver mass testing. Meanwhile, European police are reviewing unsolved child murders and disappearances to see whether there is any link to the suspect, named in reports as Christian B, being investigated in connection with Madeline McCann.

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Also reporting on the disappearance of Madeline McCann, the Sunday Mirror leads with an exclusive article that German suspect Christian B reportedly gave sweets and toys to children, as police investigate the disappearance of other children in Europe.

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The Mail on Sunday’s front page features a large image of the moment a police officer fell off her horse during an anti-racism protest in central London on Saturday. “WPC hurt as horse bolts amid mayhem,” is the headline, as the paper reports that the police officer hit her head on a traffic light when the horse ran down Whitehall during the protest.

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“Boris wants to fix unfair Brexit deal,” is the lead story on the Sunday Express. The paper reports that a source close to UK chief negotiator David Frost said January’s agreement had unfair defects the government did not have time to rectify. Michel Barnier, who is in charge of leading Brussels’ negotiations, has reportedly been warned he is not the “referee” of talks, but “just a player”.

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The Sunday People’s lead story centres on the case against former Love Island host Caroline Flack. The paper says that the prosecutor involved in the case has denied that it was a “show trial” against the star, who took her own life in February. She had been charged with assaulting her boyfriend, although he did not support the prosecution.

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The Daily Star Sunday leads with an interview with former footballer Neil “Razor” Ruddock, who said he died during an emergency operation when his heart was stopped. The star reportedly told the paper he is lucky to be alive after a diet of four bottles of wine a day and fast food damaged his heart.

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