Newspaper Round Up: 24th of July 2020

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Times
"Flu jabs for half of the population" is the lead story on the front page of the Times. People aged over 50, Year 7 pupils and families of people who are shielding will be offered flu jabs by the NHS this winter, the paper says. The government is aiming to double its vaccination programme in England to 30 million people, amid concerns over a combined surge of seasonal flu and coronavirus.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail leads with accusations by the UK and US that Russia tested a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit. It marks the first time the UK has made accusations about Russian test-firing in space. Russia's defence ministry said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment.
Daily Express
Elsewhere, the Daily Express says Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to bring in tough new spy laws "to target hostile states".
Daily Star
And the Daily Star says Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has warned that "catfishing" con artists use his image to scam his followers on social media.
Daily Mirror
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror leads with a separate poll that claims two-thirds of Britons believe face coverings should be worn in all indoor places.
Guardian
The Guardian reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of using the coronavirus pandemic "as some kind of political weapon" by Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The PM, who made his first visit to Scotland since December's general election on Thursday, has denied politicising the crisis and used the trip to highlight the benefits of the union.
Daily Telegraph
Reaction to new rules on wearing face coverings in England dominates many of Friday's papers, as they become mandatory in enclosed public spaces. Those who break the rules could face a fine of up to £100. However, supermarkets and coffee chains, including retail giants Sainsbury's and Asda, have said they will not enforce the new rules, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Financial Times
The Financial Times reports the PM is to impose curbs on ads for unhealthy foods. The paper says plans, which may be announced next week, could include a ban on online advertising of junk food, a pre-21:00 watershed on TV adverts and curbs on in-store promotions. Large restaurants may also be required to put calorie labels on menus, says the paper.
i
The i newspaper reports the UK is lagging behind other European countries on social acceptance of face coverings. A poll by the newspaper suggests most people do not regularly wear a face mask when they leave home, and it claims that one quarter of people never wear a mask.
Metro
"Masking for Trouble" declares the Metro, as it carries a warning from unions that the rules could put retail workers at greater risk of abuse and assault. Coverings are mandatory in supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks, post offices and takeaways from Friday.