What the papers say – January 16

Many of Saturday’s papers lead with changes to travel from Monday.

A collection of British newspapers
A collection of British newspapers

Britain opting to close all travel corridors and prevent quarantine-free travel from Monday leads many of the Saturday papers.

The Times leads with the headline “Britain shuts its borders”, writing the move was taken following fears over new Covid variants.

The Daily Telegraph also leads on Boris Johnson’s announcement, with the Prime Minister saying all travellers into the UK must enter quarantine, with a similar story leading The Guardian.

The i writes about “Fortress Britain”, while The Sun says “mutant bugs” caused the Prime Minister to introduce stricter regulations.

The Daily Express says the “border crackdown” was a “dramatic move”, while the Daily Star mocks up a picture of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who said he was the “last person” people should take travel advice from.

The Financial Times focuses on a different aspect of the Covid crisis, leading with news of a “landmark victory” for insurance policyholders as businesses can claim for Covid-related losses.

The Daily Mirror leads with a report from the ICU at a Wolverhampton hospital.

And the Daily Mail says the Duke of Sussex has a broken heart following his rift with the Royal Family.

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