Air travel

The Times is one of those papers reporting the prospect of quarantine for air passengers.

All travellers coming to Britain will be quarantined for a fortnight in an effort to avoid a second peak of the coronavirus pandemic, Boris Johnson will announce tomorrow.
The prime minister will say in an address to the nation that passengers arriving at airports and ports, including Britons returning from abroad, will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Under the measures, which are likely to come into force in early June, travellers will have to provide the address at which they will self-isolate on arrival.

BBC News says Ireland will be exempt.

UK airlines say they have been told the government will bring in a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new restriction is expected to take effect at the end of this month.
Industry body Airlines UK said the policy needed “a credible exit plan” and should be reviewed weekly.
People arriving in the UK would have to self-isolate at a private residence.
Government and aviation sources told BBC News that the quarantine would mean people might be expected to provide an address when they arrive at the border.

The announcement is expected tomorrow, reports the Mail.

All travellers coming into Britain will be quarantined for two weeks to prevent a second peak of coronavirus infections, Boris Johnson is expected to announce at the weekend.
The Prime Minister will say that passengers including Britons arriving at UK ports and airports from all countries except Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days, according to The Times.
Travellers will fill in a digital form with details of where they intend to self-isolate. Authorities will carry out spot checks and those found to be breaking the rules will face fines of up to £1,000 or deportation.


The ‘R’ value may be unimportant, says the Telegraph.

Lockdown may be needlessly prolonged by the Government’s reliance on an “irrelevant” infection rate measure, senior MPs and scientists have warned.
Ministers have been told the national reproductive ‘R’ value of coronavirus should not be regarded as the key to unlocking the UK because the figure has been skewed upwards by cases in hospitals and care homes.
Meanwhile, officials refused to say when data revealing the true transmission rates in the community and different parts of the country would be made public.
The average national ‘R’ value – the rate at which coronavirus is spreading – has become a daily feature of Downing Street press conferences, and is currently said to stand between 0.5 and 0.9.

The way forward is being clarified, says ITV News.

The next steps in the UK’s lockdown plan are becoming clearer after the Government indicated it would reopen garden centres, encourage commuters to use bikes and potentially quarantine foreign visitors.
A report by The Times suggested those visiting the UK will have to fill in a digital form and declare an address where they will then be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travellers could face fines of up to £1,000 and even deportation if spot checks later find they have flouted the rules, which the report claimed could be introduce in June.


The Mail reports there could be many more sufferers than statistics show.

The government’s refusal to recognise symptoms like a loss of taste or smell has led to two thirds of cases going undiagnosed, a leading epidemiologist has claimed.
Professor Tim Spector, genetic epidemiologist at King’s College London, added that the failure to class common symptoms in with the typical dry cough and fever has led to statisticians collecting data which is ‘nonsense’.
‘Only people with those two symptoms got tested and ended up on the statistics. All this governmental data on confirmed cases and how many people have recovered, it’s all nonsense,’ he told The Times newspaper.

Care homes

In an exclusive report, the Mail claims hospitals may have broken the law.

Hospitals may have broken the law by sending patients with Covid-19 back to care homes without telling their managers they had the virus.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been told that several hospitals returned people despite suspecting – or even knowing – they were infected.
Tragically, these patients triggered outbreaks in the homes, claiming the lives of other vulnerable residents. Staff at the care homes would have not realised they had the virus so may not have been wearing adequate protective clothing or taken other infection control precautions.

But homes are to be given more money, says iNews.

Care homes are being given extra funds to help them through the crisis and reduce their number of deaths, a Government minister has said.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden admitted there had been “challenges” when it came to tackling Covid 19 in care homes but said reducing the death rate was a “real priority”.
“That is why we are getting more testing into care homes,” the Cabinet minister told the BBC.
“We are getting tens of thousands of both people who are in care homes who are residents and people working in care homes, tested.

Garden centres

The measures the PM may introduce tomorrow are emerging.  The Times reports on garden centres.

Garden centres in England will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday, Boris Johnson will say tomorrow.
The measure is one of only a handful of immediate relaxations at the start of the prime minister’s promised “road map” out of lockdown. Garden centres in Wales were told they could reopen yesterday as the devolved administrations asserted their power to vary the response to the coronavirus crisis.

The Sun says garden centres have been warned they have two days to prepare.

GARDEN centres will reopen next week in a major boost to green-fingered Brits.
Queues for planting-season goodies could save the industry and lift spirits amid the coronavirus lockdown.
A garden boss said: “This will be great for people’s physical and mental well-being.”
The reopening of garden centres leads measures to be announced in the PM’s “unlockdown” master plan tomorrow evening.
They will throw open their doors on Wednesday — giving staff two days to install social-distancing tape and Perspex screens on tills.

But they must observe social distancing, says the Mail.

Garden centres will be allowed to reopen next week under Boris Johnson’s plans to ease the lockdown.
They can let customers visit again from Wednesday provided strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place, Government sources said.
Cleaners and tradesmen such as plumbers who work inside people’s homes will also be urged to go back to work.


But plans to reopen schools may be fought by the teaching unions, says the Mail.

Union chiefs have threatened to derail plans to reopen schools on June 1 unless the government accept a range of ‘essential’ safety demands for teachers – including a national ‘test and trace’ system.
The re-opening of schools in June is expected to form part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s address to the nation on Sunday evening.
Much of the content of the address is believed to have been briefed to Westminster Lobby correspondents, causing concern among unions.

The Guardian outlines what plans must be made to be acceptable.

Ministers’ plans to reopen schools as early as 1 June are in serious doubt after unions representing teachers and school staff insisted that they would not consider a return without a stringent coronavirus “test and trace” regime.
In an unusual joint statement, which one senior union official said indicated that an early return to a normal school timetable was “off the menu”, the Trades Union Congress said that there should be “no increase in pupil numbers until full rollout of a national test and trace scheme”, and called for the establishment of a Covid-19 taskforce with government, unions and others to agree on the safe reopening of schools.

And the Mail claims parents may feel unable to send their children back.

Ministers risk creating ‘ghost schools’ across England if they fail to persuade parents it is safe for children to return after lockdown, head teachers have warned.
A plan for the phased reopening of schools is expected to be announced by Boris Johnson when he unveils his lockdown exit strategy on Sunday.
But there are growing concerns that classrooms could be left empty even after the government tells students they can return.
Some teachers believe ‘coronaphobic’ parents could simply refuse to send their children back to school until they are convinced it is totally safe to do so.


Could a lack of protective equipment for NHS and care workers lead to court action?  The Guardian reports.

The deaths of more than 50 hospital and care home workers have been reported to Britain’s health and safety regulator, which is considering launching criminal investigations, the Guardian has learned.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigates the breaking of safety at work laws, has received 54 formal reports of deaths in health and care settings “where the source of infection is recorded as Covid-19”. These are via the official reporting process, called Riddor: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences.

Any PPE left over after the virus could be sent to hospices, reports ITV News.

Hospices are to receive weekly supplies of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) from the government after warning they would run out “within days”.
An ITV News investigation found hospices in England have been denied access to government supplies of PPE – despite treating coronavirus patients.
Following a meeting of the Department of Health and Hospice UK on Thursday, the government has now agreed to deliver a weekly supply of PPE to all hospices in England, while they work to get hospices permanently added to the NHS supply chain.


An exclusive report in the Independent claims Labour is trying to prevent renters being evicted.

Labour is demanding emergency action from government to protect renters through the coronavirus pandemic by extending an eviction ban by six months and giving tenants at least two years to pay back arrears.
Describing current provisions introduced by ministers during the Covid-19 crisis as “woefully inadequate”, the party highlighted research suggesting thousands of tenants are at risk of losing their homes.
Prominent housing charity Shelter has already warned of an “onslaught” of people unable to afford their bills due to the impact of the virus on employment with many tenants with unexpectedly reduced incomes.


The government is facing a trade-off between lockdown and health, says the Telegraph.

The reopening of gyms must not be left until the autumn because obesity increases the dangers of coronavirus, the Prime Minister has been told.
Fitness operators have urged Boris Johnson to lift the closures of leisure centres and gyms, saying exercise is a “wonder drug” that can help keep Britain healthy.
Research suggests obesity increases the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 and doubles the danger of death.


But you may be able to buy a burger, says the Guardian.

McDonald’s and other drive-through restaurant facilities are being encouraged to reopen after a government minister said they were “made for social distancing”.
George Eustice, the environment minister, said that takeaway food businesses were never explicitly ordered to close because of the coronavirus outbreak, but chose to do so because of footfall, staff anxiety and the sense that it was not socially acceptable to remain open.
He suggested at the daily Downing Street press conference on Friday that they could begin trading again, and said he was in talks with McDonald’s, which has reopened restaurants on a pilot basis in some areas, KFC and Costa.

Tracing app

The app being trialled on the Isle of Wight isn’t doing well, reports the Telegraph.

The NHS has intensified talks with Apple over its contact tracing app as its Isle of Wight trial is beset by problems, raising fears a back-up version may be needed.
Health service bosses are coming under pressure to switch over to a version of digital contact-tracing which uses technology provided by Google and Apple specifically for their phones, increasingly seen as an international standard.

The Queen

75 years after her father addressed the nation at the end of the Second World War, Her Majesty spoke to us all, says the Telegraph.

The Queen reminded Britain to “never give up, never despair” in a moving message to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, speaking with pride to a nation she said Second World War heroes would still “recognise and admire”.
The monarch, who delivered a special address at 9pm – just as her father had done at the end of fighting in Europe – said she “vividly” remembered the “jubilant scenes” that had marked triumph after the bleak uncertainty of war.
As the nation commemorated the anniversary in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis, she paid tribute to the strength, courage and sacrifice of so many who died for the freedom of others, saying: “We should and will remember them.”

The Mail says she admired the British spirit.

The Queen paid tribute to Britain’s lockdown spirit last night with an electrifying speech on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, in which she said Second World War heroes would admire the nation’s response to the pandemic.
The 94-year-old monarch, who was 13 when war broke out in 1939, added: ‘It may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps.

The Star reports her attitude of ‘never surrender’.

The Queen has told the nation to “never give up” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – and honoured Britain’s World War Two heroes on VA Day.
Her televised address came at the end of national celebrations, cut short due to the Covid-19  lockdown.
It marks 75 years to the day Britain and its Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender, following almost six years of brutal warfare.

Her message followed celebrations all over the country, says the Times.

With wreaths and video calls, personal memories and moments of national reflection, the royal family led the nation yesterday as it marked the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
The Queen recalled the message of VE Day 75 years ago as she said in a special broadcast: “Never give up, never despair.”
In a televised address that wove together the themes of wartime deliverance and the coronavirus lockdown, she spoke of her pride in the British people.


Meanwhile, on the continent, Europe’s top court is flexing its muscles says Yahoo News.

The European Union’s top court said on Friday it alone has the power to decide whether EU bodies are breaching the bloc’s rules, in a rebuke to Germany’s highest court, which this week rejected its judgment approving the ECB’s trillion-euro bond purchases.
Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that the ECB had overstepped its mandate with bond purchases and that the Bundesbank must quit the scheme within three months unless the ECB can prove its necessity.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave the green light in 2018 to the ECB scheme, which kept the euro zone in one piece after its debt crisis but which critics argue has flooded markets with cheap money and encouraged over-spending by some governments.

And there’s a warning from a top German in the Times.

Germany’s president has warned his country to be vigilant against the creeping return of the “old evil in a new guise” as he marked the 75th anniversary of the collapse of the Third Reich.
With a “new brand of nationalism” and a “fascination with authoritarianism” on the rise, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was every German’s duty to “liberate ourselves” from the legacy of Nazism.

But there could be a return to lockdown in Germany, says the Sun.

GERMAN towns are pulling a U-turn on easing lockdown conditions after a sudden spike of new coronavirus cases.
State bosses have made the move after concerning rise in covid-19 patients just days after the measures were lifted.
Germany has 16 federal states, which each have the independent power to relax restrictions.
All have agreed to reimpose lockdown if new cases hit 50 per 100,000 people over seven days, but three have now passed that threshold and are taking a step back.

Breitbart reports a potential rise of far-left activists.

Police in the commune of Espenel believe far-left anarchists are behind a wave of recent vandalisation in the area, including the defacement of a memorial to French World War II resistance fighters.
The words “deadly control, fertile resistance” were spray-painted onto the side of the memorial which lists the names of resistance fighters and victims of the massacres that occurred in 1944 and saw the deaths of 600 resistance fighters and 200 civilians at the hands of German occupying forces.


With us all working remotely, our courts system will be joining in, says the Sun.

THE FIRST jury trial in Britain since lockdown began is set to take place on Monday, The Sun can reveal.
Special protective arrangements will be in place when the murder case resumes at the Old Bailey.
The Lord Chief Justice has given the go-ahead for a test-run after more than a month of delays in on-going crown court trials and thousands of cases being postponed.


Lots of us are feeling sport-deprived, but footballers are thinking about playing again, says the Telegraph.

Premier League footballers are scheduled to start being tested for coronavirus next Thursday with clubs told to expect their results in just 24 hours, sparking further controversy over ‘Project Restart‘.
The speed at which players can expect to receive their results will raise questions among essential workers, including NHS and social care workers, together with anyone aged over 65 with symptoms, who are advised to wait between 48 and 72 hours for results from the Government’s testing scheme.

But there could be disagreements, adds the Telegraph.

Premier League clubs are preparing to square up to each other in Monday’s meeting over the threats, bullying and backbiting regarding ‘Project Restart’.
And the Premier League itself could come under fire from angry clubs, who believe a lack of leadership has contributed to the fall-out and are frustrated that meetings with players and managers were not held this week.
While clubs will not vote on the proposal to restart the season in the latest shareholders’ meeting, the gloves are likely to come off regarding the issues and controversy surrounding it.

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