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The Observer writes that the prime minister has “absolute confidence” this Christmas will be better than the last – despite reimposing a range of restrictions to combat the new, highly transmissible variant of COVID-19.Also on…

The Guardian is one of many papers to lead on the new COVID variant, which many experts say is the most worrying yet and could potentially make vaccines less effective.It says scientists have warned it…

The Guardian reports on how Michael Gove has been drawn into the ‘cronyism’ row after claims a Conservative party donor who supported his leadership campaign was awarded £164m in government COVID contracts. 

The Daily Telegraph reports on how former health secretary, Matt Hancock, believes NHS workers should be legally required to get Covid vaccinations before the winter. 

Faster booster jabs, an anti-viral pill that fights COVID and falling cases are giving an extra boost to the fight against the coronavirus, the Daily Mail reports.

England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, has warned that too many people wrongly believe the COVID-19 pandemic is over, adding booster jabs and masks will help save Christmas, writes the Daily Express. 

The paper also features the photo of Alec Baldwin hugging Halyna Hutchins’ husband, but its main story is on an NHS chief’s call for people to get their COVID-19 booster jabs in order to prevent…

The Guardian carries a warning from trade union leaders that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if it does not implement COVID restrictions like mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.

The Daily Mail leads with the prime minister’s push to cut waiting times for COVID booster jabs from six months to five, which would make another nine million people eligible to receive them.

Sajid Javid said on 20 October that England is facing its last chance to avoid a return to COVID-19 restrictions, which feature on the front page of the Financial Times.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the COVID-19 booster rollout is too slow, after estimates from the newspaper found 22 million people will be ready for their third dose by December.

Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to change COVID travel rules and let Britons fly to the US when they meet tomorrow in the White House for the first time, The Daily Telegraph reports. 

The Daily Express expects ministers to scrap green and amber lists for British travellers in favour of one “no-go” category for the world’s worst-hit COVID hotspots.

The Daily Mirror reports that another national lockdown has not been ruled out by the prime minister as he reveals his plan for COVID-19 management during the winter.

Surprise! It’s back to panic stations – that’s the headline on the front of the Daily Mail in response to the prime minister’s winter COVID management plan.