Newspaper headlines: Manchester impasse and hospital admissions slump

Newspaper headlines: Manchester impasse and hospital admissions slump

“Millions for Manchester to buy off corona revolt” is the headline on the front of the Times, as it reports that Boris Johnson is preparing to “dangle extra cash” for Greater Manchester if a deal is reached to bring in the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

In the words of the Daily Mirror, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is understood to have told the Prime Minister he is willing to “reopen his cheque book” to get an agreement over the line.

The Financial Times has done the sums and estimates that the region may be in line for an extra £50m to help local businesses, on the basis that the Liverpool City region was given £30m, and has a smaller population.

The Guardian says that leaked NHS documents which reveal the strain that hospitals in Greater Manchester are already under will ratchet up the pressure on ministers and local leaders to come to a deal.

The files apparently show that three of the region’s 12 hospitals are already full after a rise in Covid-19 cases.

An NHS spokesperson has told the paper that the situation is being monitored very closely.

The Daily Telegraph also leads with the impact of the coronavirus on the health service.

It has analysis that suggests hospital admissions in England for some serious illnesses fell by up to 90% during the first two months of lockdown – as people stayed away from hospitals and planned treatments were put on hold.

According to the report, consultations for the most common cancers fell by two-thirds, and heart attack checks dropped by almost half.

The Daily Express reports that frontline NHS staff could get a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year – before it is rolled out across the UK in early 2021.

In a comment piece for the paper, the chairwoman of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, Kate Bingham, stresses that this timeframe is the “most optimistic prediction”.

The Daily Mail declares that the PM is “set for war” with the UK’s five Anglican Church leaders following their joint letter warning that the government’s Brexit legislation could set a “dangerous precedent” if it is passed in its current form.

On its inside pages, the Mail questions “what on earth” this has to do with the Church, suggesting that if the clerics want to be politicians, they should stand for election.

“We stand with you” is the headline on the front of the Daily Mirror as it reports that political leaders including Mr Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer are supporting its call for people to observe a two-minute silence on their doorstep on Remembrance Sunday.

The day’s usual commemorations have been limited because of the pandemic.

The former Woman’s Hour presenter, Dame Jenni Murray, is pictured on the front of the Telegraph.

She has been named as one of the contestants in a new ITV programme which aims to increase awareness about cancers affecting intimate areas of the body.

As part of The Real Full Monty On Ice, celebrities will strip off and perform ice skating routines.

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