Front pages have dominated the hardest lockout since March
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The declaration by Boris Johnson that England is going to introduce its third national lockout – and the hardest since March – is front-page news.
Some media concentrate on the bleak weeks ahead, while others highlight the first doses outside clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine. The Guardian headlines: “PM imposes new lockdown, warns worst is yet to come,” a reference to Johnson’s declaration that “will be the toughest yet.” in the coming weeks.
“bowing to the inevitable. “bowing to the inevitable.
Times from Tuesday: Return to lockdown #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/tJfGi1WAdC- Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) January 4, 2021 The Times headlines ‘Return to lockdown’ and features a picture of Johnson during his speech looking much more disheveled than normal.
Just published: Financial Times front page, UK version, Tuesday, January 5 https://t.co/JAhYUc7rCN pic.twitter.com/UAqqM8isfd- Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) January 4, 2021 The Financial Times has “forced Johnson into a lockdown order” in what its lead story terms a “sharp change in position. ”
The Daily Telegraph cites the hopeful caveat from Johnson’s note, “but an end is in sight. ” The Daily Telegraph of Tuesday: ‘The weeks ahead will be the toughest yet… yet the end is in sight.’ #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/gFJGiXxRyV- Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) January 4, 2021
The Daily Express focuses on vaccines: “New lockdown is tough … but vaccine will end fight”
However, in view of record-breaking case numbers, senior medical experts caution against too much optimism about the vaccine. Daily Express Tuesday: Latest LOCKDOWN IS Difficult…
#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/S0j6Dawf0Y- Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) January 4, 2021 BUT Vaccination WILL END STRUGGLE
“One last push”One last push.
While with “Lockdown 3: the worst sequel yet,” I take a tongue-in-cheek approach, Tuesday: Lockdown 3: the worst sequel yet #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/4gRizlWvNM- Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) January 4, 2021