The Daily Mail leads with the “bizarre” lockdown measures gripping Britain. As Wales’ firebreak lockdown begins, shoppers have been banned from buying “non-essential” items such as socks, toasters, bedding, towels and cards, the paper reports. “It’s Covid hysteria,” the paper says. Police on the border with England have prepared extra patrols to catch half-term holidaymakers. The Mail adds that millions of Britons are being “secretly watched” under a scheme to monitor social distancing.
The Daily Mail says British travellers who are fully vaccinated will be able to take cheaper lateral flow tests instead of PCR tests when they return from abroad, with pre-departure tests also likely to be scrapped.