After weeks of speculation, and under increasing pressure from scientists and doctors, the delay in lifting lockdown restrictions was the news most of the country was expecting.
In fact, The Mirror, The Times, The Mail and The Telegraph all reported on the front pages of Monday morning that there was a four-week delay in reopening on June 21st.
Boris Johnson confirmed the headlines in a live press conference Monday night, postponing the red letter day to July 19, allegedly to the annoyance of some within the Conservative Party.
The front page headline of Tuesday’s Daily Mail read, “PM: Curbs Could Go On and On,” accompanied by the headline, “Tory Fury Postponed July 19 as Freedom – and Boris warns even that is not safe “.
The Daily Telegraph’s headline, “It’s definitely July 19th …
However, The Independent warns that “the summer death toll from Covid could reach 40,000” and says that “Scientists warn that delaying won’t stop another deadly virus wave”.
Meanwhile, The Metro is fusing the weather by announcing the lockdown with the headline “Hottest day of the year when … freedom put on hold”.
And the Financial Times says, “The deal has shattered hopes as the lockdown is delayed,” while the front page of the Times reads, “We must learn to live with Covid, warns the Prime Minister” as he “extends the lockdown and.” accelerates the impact ”.
The front page of the Guardian says “Time to Release the Accelerator” – but the gap between first and second bumps for those over 40 is shortened to eight weeks.
Similarly, The Mirror is focusing on vaccines, headed “Vax to the future” and “Command to vaccinate all over 18s and double all over 40s by the new date”.
Finally, the Express says “thousands of lives could be saved by Boris Johnson’s four-week delay in ending the Covid curbs”.