Steve August 4, 2020
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Newspaper headlines: Kate is ‘majestic in a mask’ and Beirut in ‘agony’

By BBC News
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The Daily Telegraph reports that the Children’s Commissioner has told the government that pubs and shops should be shut if it is necessary to enable the full reopening of schools without causing a spike in coronavirus cases. Like many papers, it also features an image of the Duchess of Cambridge at a volunteer project helping families affected by the pandemic.

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“Kate’s still majestic in a mask,” says Metro, alongside a picture of the duchess “setting the perfect example” in a floral face covering when she moved indoors during the same visit. The paper’s lead story says a report by MPs has called it a “grave error” to have abandoned checks and restrictions on travel into the UK earlier in the pandemic.

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Lockdown took a “huge toll” on Britain’s health, the Daily Mail reports, with two-thirds of non-coronavirus patients facing delays to treatment, particularly those with cancer, heart conditions, strokes, diabetes or lung disease. The paper also praises the “chic” face covering worn by Catherine for her “corona cover-up”.

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“PPE chaos revealed” declares the i newspaper, reporting on doctors’ pleas for action to prevent a repeat of the “turmoil” when the pandemic first hit earlier in the year. The paper says hospitals had to turn to fashion stores, jewellery firms and a coffee company for supplies as the government struggled to provide protective equipment.

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The Guardian’s lead story features Labour leader Keir Starmer warning that the government has just one month to improve the “broken” test-and-trace system or the UK faces “a long, bleak winter”. A photo of the huge explosion in Beirut dominates the front page, which the paper calls a disaster “in a country on edge”.

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The billowing cloud of smoke over Beirut also features on the Times front page, with a first-person account by their Middle East correspondent Richard Spencer, who describes being “blasted across the room”. The paper’s main story says the BBC faces a “revolt” by pensioners over the end of free TV licences for those who are not receiving pension credits.

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Firefighters carry an injured person from the scene of the explosion in a photo on the Financial Times’ front page, next to the headline “Beirut agony”. The paper’s lead story says investors in the Chinese company behind the social network TikTok have backed its “forced sale” to Microsoft, seeing it as the “only solution” to demands from the White House.

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The Daily Express reports that thousands of women were paid less than they were entitled to in a state pensions “blunder” to the value of tens of millions of pounds. Many have already been refunded after they missed out on automatic increases, the paper says, receiving an average of £9,000.

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“Lock up PC’s killers for longer,” urges the Daily Mirror, reporting on the attorney general’s review of the sentence given to the killers of PC Andrew Harper. The officer’s mother, Debbie Adlam, said the prison sentences meant the three teenagers had “got away with it”.

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And the Daily Star reports that the business of burglary is the latest to fall prey to automation, with “robot robbers” being designed to break into homes through the letterbox and steal valuables. “Rise of the bot burglars” is its headline. As it is a difficult story to illustrate, the Star’s front-page sub-editor opts for a picture of a Dalek with a speech bubble saying “Let’s hope there’s no bleeding stairs in the house”.

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