“Home safe,” declares the Daily Express, as it leads on the final British troops returning to RAF Brize Norton following what it calls “20 years of sacrifice” in Afghanistan.
The i has a similar front page, but it warns the “war goes on”, in a reference to the US drone attack on Kabul.
There are also fears for those left behind. Whitehall sources have told the Guardian that up to 9,000 people with links to the UK have been unable to get out of Kabul. They will now be expected to get to Pakistan, Tajikistan or Uzbekistan if they want to move to Britain.
“Afghan commandos could fight for Britain like Gurkhas,” is the Daily Telegraph’s main headline.
The proposal – from senior Conservatives and a former head of the Army – is reportedly set to be studied in detail by ministers as attention turns to the resettlement of thousands of Afghans who have arrived in the UK in the past fortnight.
The Telegraph also reveals the crucial role Afghan special forces played in Britain’s Kabul evacuation – with troops sent undercover into the crowd outside the airport to identify those eligible to come here.
The Daily Mail leads on what it calls the “shock rise” in virtual GP appointments in England.
In a quarter of local health trust areas, less than half of all consultations took place in a surgery. Before the pandemic, 80% of all appointments were in person. The Department of Health and Social Care says virtual appointments provide “flexibility and convenience” for patients.
The debate continues to rage over whether the UK should be vaccinating all children under the age of 16 against coronavirus.
The Sun reports that the prime minister is growing frustrated with scientists for not clearing jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds – but they have vowed not to be “bounced” into a decision.
The Daily Mirror says this current strategy could be about to experience its “biggest test” in the coming days, with 10 million pupils set to return to the classroom.
There are fears this could lead to a spike in cases, with the National Education Union insisting the watchwords for the new term should be “ventilation, vaccines and vigilance”.
A new study suggests replacing salt with a substitute containing less sodium and added potassium could prevent thousands of strokes and heart attacks in Britain.
The Times reports that the products are already on supermarket shelves and had already been linked to lower blood pressure. This research – published in the New England Journal of Medicine – is the first to show a clear link with reduced rates of heart attacks and strokes.
And finally the Daily Mail reports on a different kind of “party politics” as it features pictures of Michael Gove enjoying a trip to a nightclub in Aberdeen.
The online edition of the Daily Mirror says he “flailed wildly along to heavy techno beats”, during a night out that lasted until 02: 30 in the morning.
The manager of the club told Daily Record that Mr Gove attempted to avoid paying the £5 entry fee – telling staff that he was the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
The Sun suggests his new cabinet title should be “Minister for Sound”.