The Mirror writes that Greater Manchester could move into Tier 3 restrictions as an announcement is expected on Thursday.
London is on the brink of a postcode lockdown which could see the capital moved into Tier 2 restrictions, with an announcement as early as Friday, The Times writes.
Experts say the UK’s jobs crisis will not be as bad as first feared if a second national lockdown is avoided, according to the Daily Express.
Hundreds more under-65s have died from strokes and heart attacks during the coronavirus lockdown from March to July, the Daily Mail writes.
The i reports there are calls for Tier 3 restrictions to be extended across the North East, North West, and parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands – while London could move to Tier 2 on Friday.
The Guardian says northern leaders have been warned the NHS could become overwhelmed without harsher measures, ahead of a decision on whether to extend Tier 3 restrictions to Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned the country is facing an “economic emergency” if a two-week national lockdown is imposed, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Metro says students at Birmingham University have been given used coronavirus test kits after they were distributed by the city council.
Hospitals in the North are struggling with coronavirus outbreaks spreading on their wards, The Independent reports.
Austerity measures are not inevitable to restore public finances after the coronavirus pandemic, the IMS has said, according to the Financial Times.