“Threat to freedom day” is the ominous headline following Boris Johnson’s remarks about the Indian Covid variant.
A former chief scientific adviser, Sir Mark Walport, said the situation is “poised on a knife edge”, with a lot hinging on the transmissibility figure.
The hospitality industry is said to be “in despair” at the fresh doubt, according to i weekend.
But the chairman of the lockdown-sceptic Covid Recovery Group, Mark Harper, has urged ministers to “keep cool heads with data suggesting the vaccines are having an effect against the variant.
The paper says more than 700,000 people have been left in “lockdown limbo”.
The misery could go on for some time, with one expert in suggesting the week-long extension of restrictions is the “absolute minimum” that is required.
The PM considers what changes could be on the horizon following Edwin Poots’ election as leader of the Democratic Unionists.
Mr Poots – a creationist who thinks the planet is 6,000 years old – is described as savvy, ambitious and pragmatic.
But his critics warn a turbulent campaign against the Northern Ireland protocol, could lead to the collapse of power-sharing.
Labour has accused Priti Patel of a “flagrant and glaring” breach of the ministerial code after an investigation claimed she lobbied Michael Gove on behalf of her former adviser.
The paper says the home secretary was approached by Samir Jassal as he attempted to seal a £20m contract for surgical masks last April.
The deal was never agreed after the health secretary said the masks were not suitable for the NHS.
A spokesperson for Ms Patel has insisted she has done nothing wrong and she rightly followed up representations about a vital supply of personal protective equipment at a time of national crisis.
“Spending splurge to fire up Britain” is the Daily Express’ headline assessment of its interview with the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
And finally, “guilt-free sausages” could be on your plate as soon as next year.
Using technology developed at Oxford University, experts say they can produce pork cultivated in tanks.
The process involves cutting small amounts of fat and muscle from an anaesthetised pig before supplying the samples with nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Ivy Farm Technologies hopes to be able to produce enough pork by 2025 to save 170,000 pigs a year from being slaughtered – and in a nod to the nursery rhyme, the Times points out “now all little piggies can stay at home”.