The nation’s front pages are dominated by the looming prospect of a second national lockdown in order to bring England’s rising coronavirus cases back under control.The Guardian and The Independent lead on a warning from the nation’s chief scientists that the country is at a “critical point” in its fight to avoid a second wave of coronavirus.
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The Daily Mirror and Metro say Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are set to warn Britons to prepare for a “very challenging” winter.
The Daily Telegraph dubs Britain’s current situation the “last chance saloon” to avoid a stricter lockdown – a term echoed by the Daily Express.
And The Times says any new lockdown measures will need to last for six months.
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Flight Lieutenant Mel Sharpe, from RAF Northolt, placed the ensign on the High Altar at a service for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Photo :Â Cpl Beth Roberts/MOD/Crown Copyright.Â #tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimesÂ #buyapaperÂ @thetimes pic.twitter.com/05x8dGpwsn
Meanwhile, the i says the Government is “split” on the prospect of a second national lockdown.
And the Daily Mail reports care homes are facing delays of more than two weeks for test results.
Elsewhere, the Financial Times leads with a judge blocking US President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban Chinese social media app WeChat.
And the Daily Star says “covidiots” are panic-buying turkeys out of fear of a Christmas shortage.