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What the papers say – April 5

The front pages are dominated by the Government’s mass testing programme.


What the papers say – April 5 (Peter Byrne/PA)

What the papers say – April 5 (Peter Byrne/PA)

What the papers say – April 5 (Peter Byrne/PA)

An imminent rapid flow testing scheme to aid the easing of lockdown restrictions leads most of the nation’s papers.

The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail report everyone in England will have access to a free and rapid coronavirus test twice a week from Friday.

The story also features on The Independent and i, while The Times says Prime Minister Boris Johnson has “pinned his hopes” on the scheme.

The mass testing programme will help “set us free”, according to the Daily Express.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror carries the story alongside the launch of its “Shop for Britain” campaign.

Elsewhere, The Sun leads with travel bosses hailing a single-shot vaccine which could “save foreign holidays for youngsters”.

The Financial Times reports fears over a property boom and financial instability have prompted China to tell its banks to rein in lending.

And the Daily Star marks one week until pubs reopen.

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