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What the papers say – March 1

PA
·3-min read

The emergence of the new Brazilian coronavirus variant in the UK and previews of this week’s Budget dominate the nation’s papers.

The Guardian says the Government is facing urgent calls for tougher border measures after six people in the UK were found to have been infected with the new Brazilian strain of the coronavirus.

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The i says there is a race on to stop the spread of the Brazilian strain, while The Daily Telegraph leads on efforts to track down those carrying the new variant.

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The Times reports on the Brazilian variant, but its main story is a vow from Home Secretary Priti Patel that “people smugglers will be jailed for life”.

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And Metro says EU countries are “sitting on 4.85 million unused Covid vaccinations” have been urged to use them or give them to poorer nations.

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On the Budget, The Independent leads on a call from the Labour Party for Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to raise taxes, cut welfare or freeze public sector pay, saying it would be a “triple hammer blow” to the UK’s recovery from the pandemic.

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The Daily Mirror says former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has demanded that Mr Sunak use his budget to boost jobs.

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The Daily Express leads on Mr Sunak pledging: “I’ll keep spending to get Britain moving”.

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The Financial Times, however, says Britain’s “rapid vaccine rollout” is expected to spur a faster economic recovery than previously feared.

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Elsewhere, the Daily Mail splashes with a story on “justice in retreat”, reporting half of British police stations have closed in 10 years.

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And the Daily Star says socks and sandals are making a comeback.

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