After weeks of speculation and amid increasing pressure from scientists and the medical profession, the delay to the lifting of lockdown restrictions was the news most of the country was expecting.

Indeed, Monday morning's front pages saw The Mirror, The Times, The Mail, The Telegraph all report that a four week delay to the June 21 reopening was coming.

Boris Johnson confirmed the headlines in a live press conference on Monday evening, pushing the red letter day back to July 19 - reportedly to the anger of some within the Conservative Party.

The frontpage headline of Tuesday's Daily Mail reads: 'PM: Curbs could go on and on', and is accompanied with the sub head: 'Tory fury as freedom delayed to July 19 - and Boris warns even that isn't certain'.

The Daily Telegraph is slightly more circumspect with its headline - 'It's definitely July 19.... unless it's not', but says "Johnson refuses to offer 'cast iron guarantee' that there will be no more delays to openings.

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The Independent, however, warns that 'Summer death toll from Covid could hit 40,000', and says that 'scientists warn delay can't halt another deadly virus wave'.

Meanwhile, The Metro conflates the weather with the lockdown announcement, with the headline 'Hottest day of the year as... freedom put on ice'.

And the Financial Times says 'Business has hopes dashed as lockdown's delayed,' while The Times' frontpage reads 'We must learn to live with Covid, warns PM', as he 'extends lockdown and speeds up jabs'.

The Guardian's frontpage reads 'Time to ease off the accelerator' - but says the gap between first and second jabs for over-40s will be cut to eight weeks.

Similarly, The Mirror focuses on vaccines with the headline 'Vax to the future' and the 'bid to vaccinate all over-18s and double jab all over 40-s by new date.'.

Finally, the Express says 'thousands of lives may be save by Boris Johnson's four week delay in ending Covid curbs.'