What the papers say – July 30

What the papers say – July 30 (PA) (PA Archive)
2:10am, Fri 30 Jul 2021
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The latest data on the coronavirus, vaccination passports and diplomatic rows between the UK and Europe feature on the Friday papers.

The Independent reports on data showing the Covid vaccine has saved 60,000 lives and prevented 22 million infections in the UK.

The Daily Mirror also leads on those figures, along with a development in the 1991 case of toddler Ben Needham, who went missing in Corfu.

The Daily Telegraph examines some other data, saying the NHS has found a quarter of those listed as coronavirus patients were admitted to hospital due to other ailments.

The growing diplomatic row between Britain and France over the UK’s quarantine rules, particularly as they relate to Covid cases on the French territory of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, leads The Times.

The Daily Express also covers trans-channel tensions, saying the EU is poised to block opening up to UK tourists in revenge for Britain’s stance on post-Brexit trade.

The i says there remains a “red alert” for amber list travel destinations, saying the Government still has the power to send holiday plans involving countries including Spain into chaos at short notice.

MPs have criticised the “systemic failure” of police to improve their record on race matters, according to The Guardian.

There has been a sharp backlash over revelations workplaces could require staff to carry vaccine passports in their jobs, the Daily Mail says.

And Metro says Google is insisting its employees are fully vaccinated before returning to the office, under the headline of “Get the vacc or risk the sack”.

Katie Price fans have been duped out of thousands of pounds by a rogue trader she presented on Instagram, according to The Sun.

The Financial Times says donations from the property sector have now risen to constitute a quarter of all funds gifted to the Conservative party.

And the Daily Star hails the use of magnets on men’s private parts as a “great” new method of contraception.

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