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The Observer says ministers are at the centre of an “explosive row” over an outbreak of 500 cases of COVID-19 at the government’s DVLA driving licence agency HQ in Swansea.

The UK COVID variant may be deadlier than the original strain, Boris Johnson has warned. The Daily Telegraph also reports on the government’s new hard-hitting TV advert imploring the public to stay at home.

Boris Johnson is under pressure not to cut support for millions of families as some of his own MPs backed a Labour motion demanding the government abandons a reduction in Universal Credit, says The Independent.

Government scientists have warned ministers that millions of people are likely to start ignoring COVID restrictions once they have been vaccinated, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson’s latest move to scrap travel corridors is a “dramatic” turn for the government as it tries to stop COVID strains in their tracks, reports the Daily Express. 

The Guardian is reporting on the government’s announcement to scrap travel corridors from next week in an attempt to prevent any arrivals of new COVID-19 variants from abroad. 

According to the Daily Mail, there are 21 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine currently in the UK. The newspaper says this means the entire over-70s population, care home residents and health staff could be vaccinated...

Private contractors, responsible for the government’s paltry £30 food parcels for hungry children, sent supplies worth as little as £3, the Daily Mirror says.

The Daily Mail reports that members of the government’s SAGE committee want the two-metre social distancing rule extended to stem the spread of the new variant of COVID-19.

The Guardian claims the government is “actively considering” enforcing obligatory face masks outdoors and a ban on meeting anyone for exercise outside of their household.

The Daily Telegraph splashes on pressure on the government to offer COVID-19 vaccinations 24 hours a day, with countries like Israel already protecting a fifth of their population by offering around the clock jabs.

Metro leads on government warnings that lockdown could be tightened further if people use exercise as an excuse to socialise with people outside their household.You can read the full story here.

High street pharmacies are “desperate” to roll out more than a million doses of the Oxford vaccine every week but have been snubbed by the government, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Unions and head teachers are frustrated by the government’s plans for schools in the new term – that’s on the front of The Observer.

Plans for millions of pupils to begin a staggered return to school from next week hang in the balance as a debate rages within government over the risk of a surge in infections, with the...

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like lockdown’ is the Daily Mail’s front page headline.The paper claims that government advisers are drawing up plans for a new ‘Tier 4’ for after Christmas, that would be...

The Guardian’s front page focuses on teachers’ unions’ rejection of the government’s plans for mass testing of secondary school students after Christmas.Unions have told their members not to work on the plans during the holidays...

The Independent is reporting on comments from women and equalities minister Liz Truss about the “new approach” to the government’s equality policy. She said the plans should move away from “fashionable” issues of race, sexuality and...

The Daily Mail’s headline is “the fright before Christmas”, which describes Boris Johnson’s warning that families should shorten their Christmas celebrations.People across the UK were told not to stay overnight with their ‘Christmas bubble’, keep...

Metro’s front page bears the prime minister’s message from his Downing Street news conference: Have yourself a merry little Christmas – little being the operative word this year as the government urges people to curb...

The Daily Star pokes fun at Boris Johnson and his education secretary Gavin Williamson after many pupils were sent home due to COVID fears despite the government earlier saying schools were safe.Find out how schoolchildren...

The Daily Star leads with apparent confusion from government ministers over what counts as a “substantial meal” in the new rules for ordering alcohol in Tier 2.

Labour plans to abstain on Tuesday’s vote on the government’s new tier restrictions, believing support for the hospitality sector must go further, writes The Guardian.

Poking fun at the government’s new tier restrictions, the Daily Star leads on a comment from a cabinet minister that a Scotch egg could count as a “substantial meal”.