Friday’s national newspaper front pages

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Sky News takes a look at the stories making a splash in Friday’s national newspapers.


The Independent reports that demand for coronavirus tests is three to four times the number available, according to NHS Test and Trace director Baroness Dido Harding. 


The Sun says London and Leeds could be next after local lockdowns were announced for the North East.


The Daily Star mocks the government over its coronavirus strategy.


The Daily Mirror leads on the local lockdowns announced in the North East and says more places are braced for similar measures, sparking fears of economic disaster.


The Guardian says tracers are taking up to two weeks to contact friends, relatives and workmates of people diagnosed with COVID-19 – the entire length of the self-isolation period.


The Times says government laboratories that are processing coronavirus tests using cumbersome techniques, are running out of staff and have failed to set up automatic processes before a second wave.


The Daily Express says scientists now believe an accurate 90-minute COVID-19 test could make a “huge difference” ahead of the winter battle against the disease.


The Daily Mail says former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that almost twice as much is spent on lawsuits following poor care of mothers and babies as on the combined pay of all the labour doctors in England’s hospitals.


The Daily Telegraph says hospitals and councils have been told to find extra beds for coronvairus patients within two weeks as the NHS braces for a second spike in cases.


The Metro says the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England has risen sharply in the last week.


The Financial Times says the EU’s chief believes a trade deal with the UK is still possible despite the “distraction” caused by Boris Johnson’s “Brexit breach”.


You can watch the Press Preview on Sky News every evening at 10.30pm and 11.30pm.

Friday night’s reviewers will be PR consultant Alex Deane and Polly Mackenzie, director of Demos think tank

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