Newspaper Round Up: 5th of October 2020

2020-10-05166
Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph reports that nearly 16,000 positive coronavirus cases were not entered into the national computer system used for official figures, resulting in long delays being passed on to NHS Test and Trace handlers. It means that tens of thousands of contacts of those who tested positive are only now being approached to self-isolate - "in some cases 10 days after transmission occurred", says the paper. The government has blamed "computer issues" for the error, it adds.
Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror focuses on "horror at the movies", after the news that Cineworld is to temporarily close all of its 127 UK cinemas until next year. Up to 5,500 jobs are at risk. The paper quotes one worker as saying: "We are in panic mode. Especially so close to Christmas." The firm says it has been hit by delays in the release of big-budget films.
Daily Mail
"Fiasco over Covid count," declares the Daily Mail. It says a furious row has erupted over the UK's daily coronavirus figures, and experts have warned that the confusion is undermining the government's pandemic response. Public Health England has said the cases were missed off daily reports between 25 September and 2 October. But it added the IT problem had been resolved and all cases had been handed to the test and trace system.
Guardian
The Guardian has seen leaked government documents which suggest a new three-tier lockdown is planned for England - "potentially paving the way for harsher restrictions including the closure of pubs and a ban on all social contact outside household groups," it says. The draft proposal for a traffic-light system reveals tougher measures that could be imposed by the government locally or across the country if the surge in coronavirus cases is not brought under control.
Daily Express
The Daily Express carries comments by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has said Brexit "will help save lives by allowing new drugs to be approved faster". Mr Hancock added that the UK will join forces with the best regulators in the world to speed up the licensing of medicines, the paper says. The international team will focus on authorising new treatments from 1 January, after the end of the Brexit transition period.
Daily Star
Finally, the Daily Star reports ITV's I'm a Celebrity stars have been warned to expect grim weather - including snow - in the upcoming series. Stars are set to relocate from the Australian jungle to Gwrych Castle in north Wales due to the pandemic.
Metro
The Metro says a "hero" policewoman helped chase down two armed robbers in central London, despite being stabbed in the stomach.
Financial Times
The Financial Times splashes with a picture of Mr Trump signing documents from hospital at the weekend after being taken to the Walter Reed medical centre with a fever and low oxygen levels. It also says news that Mr Trump could be discharged comes amid "mixed messages" from medical and White House staff. The paper leads with a warning by the head of the UK government's vaccine task force that less than half of the UK population can expect to be vaccinated against coronavirus.