Ventilation in pubs and restaurants must be improved to prevent another spike in coronavirus following the reopening of outdoor hospitality in England, doctors have warned.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said the Government has clearly conveyed the “hands, face, space” message, but more needs to be done to guard against airborne transmission of the virus.

Pubs, bars and restaurants, workplaces and other public settings should be given ventilation guidance as they welcome the public indoors again, the BMA added.

Scientists previously criticised the Government over its August 2020 cut price meal scheme, Eat Out to Help Out, which was linked to a rise in cases in the autumn when customers returned to restaurants in huge numbers.

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But there are hopes the continuing success of the vaccine rollout could help break the link between rising cases and hospitalisations and deaths.

It has now been reported that people in their 30s could be getting Covid jabs by the middle of May.

Based on current rates, those aged 35 to 39 could book a jab in the second half of May, reports The Mirror.

People in the 30-to-35 group might be called in by late May with those aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 29 during June and July.

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Elsewhere, thousands of residents have queued to take coronavirus tests at additional facilities set up after new cases of the South African variant were found in boroughs across London.

In south London Wandsworth Council said the testing operation is a “mammoth task” but urged all adults in the area to get tested even if they do not have any symptoms, while people in Lambeth and an area of Southwark have been asked to do the same.

Cancer patient's tumours disappeared after he contracted severe Covid

A cancer patient from Cornwall saw his tumours vanish after being hospitalised with severe coronavirus, an astonishing medical report has revealed.

Doctors think the virus could have sparked an immune system response which eradicated the tumours.

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Shielding couple hails friend after lockdown heroics

An elderly couple who have been shielding have found a "friend for life" in the stranger who volunteered to look after them throughout the pandemic.

Lynne and Frank Sewell, who live in Brough, had recently moved to the area and knew nobody when Covid struck last year.

Both were advised to shield as they were classed as especially vulnerable as Lynne, 65, has severe asthma and Frank, 69, had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as having the lung disease COPD.

The couple were scared about how they were going to manage, until a relative in Norfolk put a post on the Elloughton and Brough Self-Isolation Facebook page, which was set up by locals to try and help people during the outbreak.

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Punch Hotel's new facelift after lockdown makeover

The Punch Hotel has unveiled its stylish new look following a lockdown makeover.

The popular pub in Hull's Queen Victoria Square is getting ready to welcome customers following its long-awaited refurbishment - just in time for pubs reopening.

The venue reopened in September 2019 after being taken over by Forrest & Co who brought plans for a comprehensive makeover.

Unfortunately the project faced major setbacks - firstly with bad winter weather and then by the disruption and uncertainty of Covid-19.

But thanks to an investment of around £140,000 the pub has transformed inside and out.

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Hull mums on giving birth during the pandemic

Mums in Hull have been sharing their experiences of having a baby during the pandemic as part of a new campaign that encourages women to connect with other mums to support their mental health and wellbeing.

The mums feature in a new short film, discussing the challenges of parenting in lockdown and how they have forged connections to help them through a difficult year.

The film has been produced by Us Mums, a programme of exercise and wellbeing sessions commissioned by Hull City Council, as part of the Us Mums Need campaign which encourages more pregnant women and new mums to get involved and connect with a community for mutual support and even friendships.

Francesca, a mum-of-one, said: “I think it’s really important for mums to take time for themselves… It’s just a case of trying to remind yourself that your physical and mental health and wellbeing is just as much a priority as your baby’s is”.

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