Newspaper Round Up: 4th of August 2020

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Times
The Times says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence warned the medications can cause addiction in patients with chronic pain and advised GPs to prescribe alternatives, such as acupuncture or exercise.
Guardian
The hacked email account was the minister's personal one, the Guardian says, prompting Labour to ask why it was being used for government business. Mr Fox's spokesman tells the paper the government has not confirmed which account was hacked. The front page also features a tribute to John Hume - Northern Irish Nobel peace prize winner, "a titan and a visionary" - who died at 83.
Daily Mail
The hacked email account was the minister's personal one, the Guardian says, prompting Labour to ask why it was being used for government business. Mr Fox's spokesman tells the paper the government has not confirmed which account was hacked. The front page also features a tribute to John Hume - Northern Irish Nobel peace prize winner, "a titan and a visionary" - who died at 83.
Daily Express
"Painkillers do more harm than good," claims the headline in the Daily Express, reporting on new advice that millions of people with chronic pain should not be prescribed aspirin, paracetamol or opioids. It says there is no evidence the medication works for people whose pain is not explained by another diagnosis or underlying condition.
Daily Star
And the Daily Star features a mischievous offer: a "free honour for every reader's brother". It is prompted by news that the prime minister - pictured by the paper as a clown and dubbed "Bozo" - has promised to cut the numbers in the House of Lords, days after making his own brother a peer.
Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph has a fun take on the Eat Out To Help Out scheme with a picture of a food-laden waitress under the headline "Would you like economic stimulus with that, sir?". However, it leads on reports that leaked documents about trade negotiations with the US - used by Labour during the 2019 election - were stolen from the email account of the then International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. The paper says reports of the hack, blamed on Russia, prompted a review of government security on Monday night.
Daily Mirror
Scientists are warning that a second wave of coronavirus infections could be twice as big as the first because of failings in the test and trace system, the Daily Mirror reports. It says the situation is a "timebomb" with only 50% of contacts reached and a new spike likely in December without improvement.
i
But the i newspaper reports on a measure scientists want to relax: government advisers say people who have recently recovered from the virus could be exempted from self-isolation and household quarantine rules. The paper says this group of people have antibodies that are likely to reduce the risk of reinfection.
Metro
"What obesity crisis?" cries Metro, as it reports that some people are using the government's Eat Out To Help Out discounts - which launched on Monday - to order a double portion. The paper uses the opportunity to give Chancellor Rishi Sunak a new nickname: "Rishi Two Snacks".
Financial Times
An image of Mr Hume, an Irish nationalist leader, being led away by a British soldier during a 1971 civil rights demonstration appears on the Financial Times front page. The paper's main story says HSBC's profits have fallen 96% amid the pandemic and US-China tensions.