A woman from Carlisle who has a rare form of blood cancer said she could start to get her “life back” if mandatory mask-wearing in indoor public spaces was to be re-introduced.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation on how he hopes the country can learn to live with Covid-19 next week.

Guidance to work from home and the mandatory use of face masks are likely to be retained as options in the Covid winter plan.

Beth Bennett, from Corby Hill, who was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma - a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma - said bringing back mandatory use of face masks indoors would be “brilliant”.

Beth, 24, said: “I could probably start to get a little bit of my life back.

“That is what’s so scary. I know that I haven’t got the anti-bodies, but if people are wearing masks and social distancing, then it just feels safer for me.

“I don’t seem how it harms anyone.

“I understand exemptions and that is absolutely fine. I don’t have any problems with that.

“However, if you can wear a mask, wear a mask.”

Vaccine boosters are also expected to be discussed in the television address.

Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said: “I haven't had any leaks at all about what might be in this [announcement].

"I think everybody is expecting to hear something about vaccination roll-out.

"I think there are some situations in which bringing back the wearing of face masks would be a good thing. I would certainly welcome it in crowded public places. We'll just have to wait and see what the government actually announces."