Newspaper headlines: ‘So much for lockdown, minister!’

Daily Mail 10 April 2020
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The Daily Mail claims Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has twice broken government restrictions to help to stop the spread of coronavirus. It says Mr Jenrick flouted lockdown rules by travelling from London to a second home, and then to visit his elderly parents. The paper claims he went to the second home in Herefordshire after travel restrictions were announced, but Mr Jenrick denies this saying his family were there before the lockdown began. He adds he observed social distancing rules when delivering essentials to his parents.
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Mr Jenrick’s travel history also makes the Guardian, which reports the housing secretary visited his parents despite urging the public to resist seeing loved ones. The paper notes Mr Jenrick’s explanation that he was travelling to give his elderly parents essentials, including medicines – an exception the government has said is allowed.
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Relief as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is moved out of intensive care and to a ward as he is treated for coronavirus leads the i paper. Meanwhile, the paper says police will crack down on holidays to Devon and Cornwall over the Easter weekend.
Daily Telegraph 10 April 2020
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Mr Johnson has now been moved to a low-dependency ward, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper quotes Tory grandee Sir Iain Duncan Smith as saying the development is “unalloyed good news”.
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“Boris out of danger,” says the Daily Express. The paper says the PM will continue to be closely monitored and reports he was sat up in bed and talking to hospital staff earlier in the day.
The Sun 10 April 2020
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The Sun says Mr Johnson’s move from intensive care delivers “a huge boost to the nation’s morale” and says the PM has heaped praise on the NHS staff who have cared for him.
The Times 10 April 2020
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The Times reports it may be a month or more before Mr Johnson returns to work and the paper notes that the PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds tweeted her support for carers and NHS staff on Thursday evening.
Daily Mirror 10 April 2020
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“Make or break weekend,” is how the Daily Mirror sees it. The paper says forecasted sunshine “must not tempt us to flout the lockdown”.
Daily Star 10 April 2020
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The Daily Star gives short shrift to a police chief who suggested officers may soon search shopping baskets for non-essential items and celebrities peddling untruths about the nation’s 5G mobile network. Its headline? “They’re off their trolleys!”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move from intensive care dominates many of Good Friday’s front pages.

The Daily Express believes the nation will breathe a “giant sigh of relief” that the prime minister is no longer in intensive care.

Under the headline “Boris Is Out”, The Sun agrees that it “really IS a Good Friday”.

The Daily Telegraph says “politicians across the Commons have sent their good wishes”. Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, tells the Daily Mail he’s “deeply relieved” – while acknowledging that his son faces a “long journey to full recovery”.

On that, the Times says “some in Downing Street believe that he may need as long as a month to return to work and even then may have to make a gradual return to full duties”.

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The Guardian reports that Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick is “facing questions” about his decision to take food and medicines to his parents.

The paper says the local community had previously been supporting the couple by delivering groceries. It says Mr Jenrick’s situation “will be familiar to many facing the dilemma of whether to help elderly parents or stay away”.

The Daily Mail claims Mr Jenrick travelled from London to a second home in Herefordshire to be with his family – though the minister says the journey happened before the lockdown restrictions happened.

Fraser Nelson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, suggests the government advice has been more successful than ministers anticipated at persuading people to avoid unnecessary travel – and has had a more detrimental impact on the economy.

But, he says, the message can only be changed by the prime minister, because the government, after all, was “designed as the Boris show”.

‘Seen from space’

Stark images of mass graves being dug in New York feature in several papers and news websites; trenches which Vice says “can be seen from space”.

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The Telegraph reports research has found that coronavirus was most likely brought into the city by travellers from the UK and Europe rather than Asia.

It points out that the Trump administration acted in January to bar people from entering the US if they had travelled to China – but did not impose similar rules for Europe until last month.

“Clappy Easter” is the Daily Mirror headline alongside images of last night’s Clap for Carers – and of the celebrities sending messages of thanks to the NHS.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer uses an article in the paper to press for better pay and greater recognition for what he calls the “health and care heroes”. He says they “deserve so much more” than simple thanks.

And BuzzFeed features another team of heroes who are helping people survive the outbreak. Two martial arts instructors from Stockport, who dress as Spider-man on their daily runs to entertain local children, say they have roped in more than 30 other fancy dress fans to spread joy in their community.

The group, which also fundraises for the NHS, is said to include “more than a handful of Disney princesses, four or five Batmen, about five Spider-men and a Captain Jack Sparrow”. But the organisers say they had to part ways with one volunteer who failed to follow proper social distancing.

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