Newspaper headlines: Staycation 'stampede' and NHS future blueprint

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"Foreign holidays for vaccinated" is the headline in the Daily Telegraph, which looks ahead to Boris Johnson's travel announcement on Monday.

The paper understands that people who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus could require fewer tests if they want to holiday in countries deemed to be low-risk and may not have to quarantine when they return from countries classed as medium risk, including popular Mediterranean resorts.

The Daily Mail thinks families could end up paying thousands for Covid tests if they travel abroad, even if their destination is on an approved list.

The Daily Mirror predicts a "staycation stampede", saying there has been a surge in bookings for UK breaks.

The head of the NHS in England, Sir Simon Stevens, tells the Times that the success of the vaccination programme has given the health service a blueprint for the future.

He thinks it shows the importance of disease prevention, with health workers seeking out the most vulnerable to help them stay well, rather than waiting for them to become ill.

He suggests, for example, refuse collectors could alert GPs when residents become too frail to put out the rubbish.

But a former NHS chief, Sir David Nicholson, tells the Guardian that patients could be waiting up to two years for vital operations by the time of the next election because of a "truly frightening" backlog caused by the pandemic.

The government tells the paper it has provided an extra £7bn for health and care services.

The Financial Times says that if Scotland chose independence it would inherit a large hole in its public finances which would leave the country needing to raise taxes or cut public spending annually by the equivalent of nearly £1,800 per person.

The FT's analysis says there has been a significant deterioration in Scotland's financial position since the independence referendum of 2014 because of lower than expected tax revenues, Brexit and coronavirus.

The Scottish National Party tells the FT a previous study showed Scotland's tax revenues would cover all devolved spending on day-to-day public services.

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Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales in the garden of Frogmore House, Windsor

The Queen and the Prince of Wales are pictured in many papers taking a stroll on the Windsor Estate.

The Daily Mirror reports that Prince Philip, who has been recovering from heart surgery, will be at the Queen's side at a private church service to celebrate Easter on Sunday.

It will be without hymns because of the current Covid rules, but the Daily Telegraph has some promising news for worshippers, reporting they could be allowed to sing again by late June.