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UK News What the papers say – September 18

11:15  18 september  2020
11:15  18 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Weather. This afternoon was the hottest ever in September in France

 Weather. This afternoon was the hottest ever in September in France © Photo REUTERS / Eric Gaillard On the beach, in Nice, this September 14th. A heat wave has settled in France for the week, but this Monday, September 14, 2020 was to be the hottest day. With a provisional national thermal indicator of 33.2 ° C, the afternoon was the hottest ever recorded for a month of September This peak in temperatures was expected , and the heat should last all week , thanks to a rise of hot air and an anticyclone.

Guardian front page, Friday 18 September 2020: Test and trace 'barely functional' as 10 million people now face lockdown pic.twitter.com/7vaQHnHDrb. Meanwhile, scientists in the Daily Express say a shoebox-sized virus test kit capable of delivering a result in just 90 minutes could make a “huge

The national papers are dominated by concern over the ‘barely functional’ test and trace scheme. Meanwhile, scientists in the Daily Express say a shoebox-sized virus test kit capable of delivering a result in just 90 minutes could make a “huge difference” ahead of winter.

a close up of a newspaper: What the papers say – September 18 (PA) © Peter Byrne What the papers say – September 18 (PA)

‘Chaos and inefficiency’ in coronavirus testing and optimism from Brussels over trade are on the front pages on Friday.

The Government’s test and trace system is condemned in The Guardian as “barely functional” as The Independent cites the programme’s director as admitting demand for tests is three to four times the number available.

A scientist who has toured the facilities tells The Times there is “chaos and inefficiency” in testing laboratories.

The Daily Telegraph says hospitals have been instructed to clear beds ahead of a coronavirus spike expected in two weeks, while Metro reports cases have increased 75% in just seven days.

There are now 10 million people living in local lockdowns after the North East became the latest area to be hit with restrictions, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Daily Star says it is a “mystery” that “Boris Johnson and his pals” did not see the current crisis coming.

Meanwhile, scientists in the Daily Express say a shoebox-sized virus test kit capable of delivering a result in just 90 minutes could make a “huge difference” ahead of winter.

The Government is preparing to sidestep EU licensing laws and use emergency powers to vaccinate against the virus, the i reports.

The Health Secretary reveals in the Daily Mail that mistakes on maternity wards are costing the NHS almost £1 billion in lawsuits a year.

Shifting to the continent, where the Financial Times reports the European Commissioner has said she remains convinced Brussels can still secure a trade deal with the UK despite the “distraction” of Mr Johnson’s move to breach the Brexit withdrawal treaty.

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