‘Worst sequel yet’: what the papers say about England’s third lockdown

Toughest lockdown since March dominates front pages

Boris Johnson’s announcement that England will enter its third national lockdown – and the toughest since March – is splashed across front pages. Some papers focus on the grim weeks ahead, while others highlight the first doses of the Oxford vaccine being administered outside of clinical trials.

The Guardian’s headline is “PM imposes new lockdown and warns worst is yet to come”, a reference to Johnson saying that the weeks ahead “will be the hardest yet”. It also gives prominence to schools being closed until mid-February, and the relief felt by teachers over the PM “bowing to the inevitable”.

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