The Papers: 'Freedom day farce' and PM's isolation 'flip flopping'

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The Daily Telegraph front page 19 July 2021

The Daily Mail front page 19 July 2021

The Financial Times front page 19 July 2021

The Times front page 19 July 2021

The Daily Mirror front page 19 July 2021

The Daily Star front page 19 July 2021

The i front page 19 July 2021

Metro front page 19 July 2021

The Daily Express front page 19 July 2021

The Guardian front page 19 July 2021

“Backlash forces Boris U-turn” is the main headline in the Daily Express, which says the prime minister will spend what it calls “Freedom Day” self-isolating.

Metro says Boris Johnson has been shamed by the public outcry over his and the chancellor’s attempt to avoid quarantine. Referring to the prime minister’s country retreat, its front page declares: “Chequers Mate.”

The Daily Star ridicules Mr Johnson with the headline: “Flip Flopping Fop’s a Flipping Flop.”

The Daily Telegraph calls it a “Freedom Day farce” and says Mr Johnson is under pressure to end self-isolation for people who have had both jabs. One unidentified cabinet minister tells the paper that the system is “mad”, adding: “This ‘ping-mageddon’ is getting ridiculous.”

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak

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The Daily Mail asks – with some 1.7 million people quarantining: “Now will Boris see sense on pingdemic?”

And the Financial Times highlights warnings of shortages by food retailers and producers because of the number of workers isolating.

Meanwhile, the Sun’s headline urges the prime minister to “do the right ping” and fix the app crisis.

The Daily Mirror leads with what it calls the desperate late plea by the prime minister to the nation to be careful, while “ploughing on” with his scrapping of restrictions. “Now he begs: please be cautious” is the headline.

Elsewhere, a YouGov poll for the Times suggests 55% of voters think Mr Johnson’s decision to reopen is wrong, with 31% supporting it. The paper says senior government figures are privately nervous about the next few weeks because infections are so far at the higher end of projections.

Woman receiving Covid vaccination from medic at Tate Modern on 17 July 2021

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On Sunday, the Daily Telegraph reported that the government had ruled out mass Covid vaccinations for under-18s.

It is still expecting the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to announce today that only vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds should be offered a vaccine.

But it now understands that the JCVI will “leave the door open” for more children to be jabbed once trials conclude later this year.

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The Guardian devotes its first nine pages to the data leak suggesting Israeli hacking software has been used by autocratic governments to target activists, journalists and lawyers.

One Hungarian investigative journalist found that his phone had been infected on 11 occasions within days of him asking officials for a comment on his stories.

The Hungarian government says it is not aware of any such data collection.

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