What the papers say – February 10

Differing takes on the punishment for breaking Britain’s new, harsher border controls are splashed across the front pages.

What the papers say – February 10

The prospect of prison time for people who lie about their travel history when returning to the UK leads many of Wednesday’s papers, along with the fees for those facing mandatory hotel quarantine.

The Times leads with the “stringent border controls” which will come into force from Monday for all travellers arriving into Britain.

But The Daily Telegraph carries backlash against the plans, saying those who lie about trips to destinations such as Portugal face up to 10 years in jail, longer than the sentence for child sex offences.

The Guardian says the harshest punishments will be given to those who lie about their recent travel history and conceal visits to so-called “red list” countries, with a similar story leading the Financial Times.

Metro leads with the choice facing travellers: 10 days in hotel quarantine or 10 years in a cell if people lie.

The i carries a story which claims the variants of coronavirus are “under control”.

The Sun covers “amazing single jab stats”, with the paper reporting one dose of the vaccine carries two-thirds protection from the virus.

Hospital parking charges lead the Daily Mirror and Daily Express.

The Daily Mail has an interview with the widow of Leon Brittan, in which she attacks a “culture of cover-up” at Scotland Yard.

And the Daily Star has a picture showing what Piers Morgan would look like as Prime Minister, and questions whether he would do a “better job than Bozo”.

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