The British Medical association called for the continuation of face masks in public spaces, including public transport, and for the Government to improve public messaging on how the virus spreads and the importance of good ventilation.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said easing restrictions was not an “all or nothing” decision, and that “sensible, cautious” measures will be vital to minimising the impact of further waves, new variants and lockdowns.
It comes amid reports that ministers plan to drop all legal requirements including self-isolation for fully-vaccinated people who come into contact with someone who is infected.
The Times reported ministers are expected to sign off a plan that will mean the fully vaccinated will be “advised” to take daily tests but not be required to do so, and will not be required to isolate.
It’s ‘perfectly OK’ for the double-jabbed to be exempt from quarantine measures, says clinical lecturer
Dr Bharat Pankhania, a senior clinical lecturer in communicable diseases at the University of Exeter’s medical school, said he thought it was “perfectly OK” for people who had received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to be exempt from quarantine measures.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The gold standard would be to be cautious even if you have been immunised twice – in other words, fully immunised.
“However, as a measured action going forward I think it is OK and my reasons are as follows: an immunised person is less infectious and furthermore the testing of people who are in quarantine isolating is pretty inaccurate, so balancing both, I think it is perfectly OK.”
Frustration at last-minute cancellation of tough-mudder
An obstacle race which sees participants dunked into an ice bath and wade through a mile of mud has been called off less than a day before it was due to start.
The Scotland Tough Mudder was set to take place in the Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian on Saturday and Sunday.
But organisers said Midlothian Council contacted them after 6pm on Friday saying the licence to hold the event – which was sold out – was revoked.
Tough Mudder said the move came less than two days after the council voted to support the licence after they “reviewed the latest guidelines and considered the extensive safety measures we’d put in place”.
Landmarks in England to light up blue to mark birthday of NHS and pay tribute
Landmarks across England are to mark 73 years of the NHS and thank staff for their contribution during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wembley arch, the Liver building in Liverpool, Salisbury Cathedral and vaccination centres across England are among more than 70 sites to be lit up blue on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the founding of the health service.
Football stadiums, town halls, churches, hospitals and bridges in different parts of the country will also follow suit.
It comes as events are being held across England to commemorate health workers who have lost their lives to the virus.
NHS Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar, will attend a memorial service at the London Blossom Garden at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Saturday afternoon.
She said: “Each of the colleagues who sadly died while caring for and protecting patients represents an irreplaceable gap in a family and a workplace.
“While this is a private event for families and some NHS colleagues, I encourage everyone to take a moment on Saturday to reflect and remember.”