Many of Thursday’s newspaper front pages have named the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case. Because of German privacy law, and the BBC website being accessible in Germany, the BBC has not included his surname.
The Daily Telegraph leads with a report that the mandatory stay-at-home period for people showing Covid-19 symptoms is set to be increased from seven to 10 days.
The Times has a similar story, putting the measure down to “mounting concern” that Britain could be weeks away from a second wave”.
The Telegraph adds that the health secretary is also exploring ways to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for those entering the UK – making 10 days the standard self-isolation period.
“That was quick”, reads its front page caption, alongside a picture of a mask-wearing Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, returning home early from his Spanish holiday.
The Guardian reports ministers are being urged to adopt a “zero Covid” approach and seek total elimination of the virus.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have already set a target of no infections, it says, and the independent Sage committee of leading scientists and medical experts now advocates England must do the same.
The government has “not set out a systematic approach” and lacks “clear, single-minded determination” – the British Medical Association’s Dr Chaand Nagpaul is quoted as saying, while the NHS Confederation cautions ministers should only declare such an ambition if it is “achievable”.
The Financial Times features front-page photos of the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. “Tech titans: grilled on Capitol Hill” is its headline.
The TechCrunch website says Jeff Bezos made a “bungled attempt” to reassure the House Antitrust Subcommittee that Amazon did not copy any of its independent sellers’ products. The Washington Post says its members asked “meandering questions that teetered between privacy issues and conspiracy theories”.
The paper argues the tech bosses’ appearance, via videolink, made them seem small and “less consequential than they actually are”. “Even a tech wizard like Jeff Bezos”, it notes, “sometimes forgot to unmute himself”.
The Metro leads with the news that German authorities, digging up a patch of land in the search for Madeleine McCann, have found what appears to be a hidden cellar under the prime suspect’s home.
The Daily Mirror pictures a police officer carrying out the excavation.
“I may get my leg amputated to compete in the Paralympics” is the rather alarming back page headline in the Telegraph. It has an interview with the British wheelchair basketball player champion, George Bates.
I have “the wrong type of disability” he says, after being told his Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – from which he has suffered since the age of 11 – fails to meet the International Paralympic Committee’s more strictly-defined impairment criteria.
He says he will appeal against what he calls a “mad” and discriminatory decision – before considering a more extreme method of winning gold next year at Tokyo.
Finally, the Daily Mail marks “the end of an era”, as it notes the demise of the printed Argos catalogue. After 47 years of advertising electrical massage machines, fondue sets and portable hairdryers, “Covid’s killed the Argos book of dreams!”, reads its headline.
With a billion copies, the paper says that at its height the retail catalogue was Europe’s most widely-printed publication – found in three-quarters of British homes and only beaten by the Bible for its sheer ubiquity.
But on Wednesday staff were told the company would now only display and list its products online.
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