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People who do not follow social distancing rules or wear masks “have blood on their hands”, an intensive care doctor has warned.
Prof Hugh Montgomery told BBC Radio 5 Live hospitals were facing a “tsunami” of Covid cases and he feared it would get worse after New Year’s Eve.
He urged people to accept that it was going to be a “miserable” occasion this year and not to gather in groups.
It echoes official advice to stay at home and not hold parties.
About 44 million people in England are now living under the toughest level of Covid restrictions after tier four was expanded at midnight.