News on coronavirus testing, hospital shortages and the pathway back to normality figure prominently on the front pages of Friday’s papers.
The Daily Mail hails the arrival of coronavirus testing “for millions”, while the Daily Express says the mass testing will get Britain “back on her feet”.
The i says essential workers can book in for testing from Friday.
However, in an exclusive article The Guardian reports hospitals have sounded an alarm over alleged failings at one of the Government’s flagship testing centres.
Guardian front page, Friday 24 April 2020: Hospitals sound alarm at failings in privately run test centre pic.twitter.com/smbv6UqAwm— The Guardian (@guardian) April 23, 2020
And The Independent says hospitals are now running out of dialysis machines needed to keep up to a third of Covid-19 patients alive.
Meanwhile, first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s setting out Scotland’s road map for easing lockdown restrictions has heaped pressure on Downing Street to do the same for the UK, according to The Times.
The Times 24/4/20— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) April 23, 2020
A husband and wife are self-isolating from each other at home in Edinburgh. Christine and Phil Rowe, both 52, both developed coronavirus symptoms. Photo : Katielee Arrowsmith/SWNS#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimesÂ #buyapaperÂ @thetimes pic.twitter.com/YXQdpEwv33
The Daily Telegraph says Boris Johnson will be “back at the controls” from Monday.
The Daily Mirror leads on Thursday night’s round of applause for medical workers.
Metro leads on the show of thanks too, focusing on one 13-year-old boy who clapped for 12 hours.
The Sun leads with news hairdressers may have to stay shut for another six months, equating the situation to “182 bad hair days”.
The Financial Times reports the Government is preparing to offer 100% guarantees on small business loans.
Financial Times, UK edition, front page for Friday 24 April 2020 pic.twitter.com/UN3F3ZoMLj— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) April 23, 2020
And the Daily Star steers clear of the virus, leading with an article saying TV star Jonathan Ross exaggerates his famous speech impediment.
Tomorrow's @dailystar#frontpage— Daily Star (@dailystar) April 23, 2020
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