Newspaper Round Up: 16th of August 2020

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Daily Star Sunday
And veteran EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt, who has played the character Ian Beale for all 35 years of the show's existence, is leaving the soap, according to the Daily Star Sunday. The news will leave fans wondering what his future in the drama will be, the paper adds.
Independent on Sunday
The government plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) and replace it with a new body early next month, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce a merger of the pandemic response work of PHE with NHS Test and Trace into a new body called the National Institute for Health Protection, the paper adds. The new institute will have tens of thousands of staff and its model is based on Germany's independent agency the Robert Koch Institute.
Sunday Mail
"Priti in racist French storm," is the headline on the front page of the Mail on Sunday. The home secretary, the paper reports, has sparked a "diplomatic row" by claiming in a private meeting with Tory MPs that migrants were crossing the Channel to escape prejudice in France. French politicians are said to be angry at the comments. The row comes after Europe's top judges condemned Paris for "degrading and inhumane" treatment of asylum seekers, the paper adds.
Sunday Express
Meanwhile, Mr Williamson has vowed to get children back to the classroom, saying it is "morally, socially and economically necessary" for them to return in September, the Sunday Express reports. On Monday, a new campaign will be launched in England to persuade parents it is safe for children to return next month. The leading image on the front page is of Prince Charles laying a wreath on the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan day.
Sunday Mirror
"Sack our biggest failure," is the headline on the front page of the Sunday Mirror as "furious" MPs call for Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to resign in the wake of the A-levels "fiasco". Labour has now joined the Liberal Democrats in demanding Mr Williamson stands down. Two million grades recommended by teachers are expected to be slashed, the paper adds.
Sunday Telegraph
The government plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) and replace it with a new body early next month, the Sunday Telegraph reports. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce a merger of the pandemic response work of PHE with NHS Test and Trace into a new body called the National Institute for Health Protection, the paper adds. The new institute will have tens of thousands of staff and its model is based on Germany's independent agency the Robert Koch Institute.
Observer
Ahead of nearly five million GCSEs being awarded this week using a controversial model, the Observer reports that 97% - more than 4.6 million grades - will be assigned in England solely by the algorithm drawn up by exam regulator Ofqual. More than 280,000 students had A-level results downgraded on Thursday, prompting widespread anger among schools, colleges and pupils. Education experts fear that even more GCSE results could be downgraded than A-levels, the paper says. The government is expected to face new legal challenges over its algorithm within days, the paper adds.