What the papers say – January 24

The threat of an international viral outbreak leads the papers again on Friday.

Press Association
Last updated: 24 January 2020 - 4.00am

Friday’s front pages are dominated by concerns over the risk posed by China’s coronavirus.

The Times reports on the “growing fears” over the virus as tests begin in the UK, the Financial Times leads with “Chinese cities on lockdown”, and the quotes a specialist as saying Britain should expect to see cases.

The Daily Mail asks “Is the killer virus here?”

Metro  and the Daily Mirror report on UK patients being placed in isolation.

The Independent also covers the coronavirus as well as a criminal investigation into dozens of baby deaths at a Kent hospital.

“Police give up on charging thieves”, The Daily Telegraph says, adding some forces have been subject to criticism from a former Scotland Yard chief for failing to bring prosecutions for theft.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is on the front of the Daily Express saying achieving a trade deal with the UK by the end of the year is Washington’s “absolute priority”.

The HS2 rail project is years behind schedule and billions of pounds over budget, according to an independent report carried by The Guardian.


The Sun quotes a teenager as saying Love Island competitor Mike Boateng, who is also a policeman, approached her when she was aged 17 and promised to “show her a good time”.

And the Daily Star presents a “Showbiz shocker” which says Ozzy Osbourne could “lose the ability to belt out his hits within months”, due to his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

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