Newspaper Round Up: 7th of October 2020

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Daily Express
The Daily Express leads on Boris Johnson's Conservative Party conference speech on Tuesday, in which he pledged to conquer Covid-19 and pave the way for a "bright future".
Times
The intervention comes as "surging" coronavirus infection rates put Britain on the brink of tougher lockdown measures, says the Times. The government's scientific advisers have called for "urgent and drastic action" after cases doubled in 11 days to 14,542 and deaths doubled to 76 in the same period. The developments overshadowed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts - in his speech to the Conservative Party conference - to focus on life after the pandemic.
Daily Mail
Scientists are saying that life should be allowed to "return to normal" for all but the elderly and vulnerable, reports the Daily Mail. The paper says more than 4,000 doctors and medical experts have signed a declaration stating their "grave concerns" about the response to coronavirus.
Guardian
Three of the largest universities in the UK have called a halt to face-to-face teaching, the Guardian reports. More than 80 universities in the UK have reported at least 5,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among students and staff, including more than 1,000 at Manchester University, which was among the institutions to suspend in-person teaching.
Daily Star
And the fate of Arsenal's mascot, Gunnersaurus, makes the front page of the Daily Star. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has offered to pay the wages of Jerry Quy - who dons the dinosaur suit - after he was set to face redundancy.
Daily Telegraph
An overhaul of local lockdown rules had been due to be announced on Thursday, reports the Daily Telegraph, but a row within the cabinet has put the plans into "disarray". An intervention by Chancellor Rishi Sunak may now delay the planned introduction of a "traffic light" system of different levels of restrictions, says the paper. It comes as leaders of the worst-affected cities warned the current measures were failing to stem the rise in infections.
Daily Mirror
But the Daily Mirror says the prime minister was accused of "spouting hot air" in a speech that "ignored" the millions left jobless and sick by Covid-19. The paper quotes Labour's Angela Rayner as saying "we got the usual bluster and no plan for the months ahead".
Financial Times
NHS labs across the country which process coronavirus tests have been hit by shortages of vital chemicals and kit used to test a range of diseases, following a problem at one of Europe’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, reports the Financial Times. Swiss drugs group Roche wrote to labs on Monday, alerting them to the problem.