Violators of Covid rules ‘have blood on their hands’, says intensive care doctor –


The London intensive care doctor has said that those who break COVID rules have “blood on their hands” as their selfishness costs them lives.

Professor Hugh Montgomery warned that hospitals were facing a ‘tsunami’ of Covid cases and feared it would get worse after New Year’s Eve.

He urged people to accept that this year was going to be a “miserable” occasion and not to gather in groups.

He echoes the official advice to stay home and not party.

About 44 million people in England now live under the strictest level of Covid restrictions after level four was expanded at midnight.

England’s Covid infection rate also jumped to its highest rate since May. The number of people who tested positive for the virus reached a total of 232,169 in the week through Dec. 23, the highest weekly total since Test and Trace launched in the spring.

Professor Montgomery, who works in intensive care at London’s Whittington Hospital and leads a research group at UCL, told Radio 5 Live: “We are now in a lot of trouble in UK intensive care.

“Only large numbers come in, my heart goes out to our emergency departments as well, seeing a tsunami in the last week or two of the cases. Everyone is working hard.

He said it was wrong to blame the rise in cases and deaths on the new variant of the coronavirus, which was only “a little” more transmissible and caused the same symptoms.

“In fact, it makes me very angry now that people blame the virus, and it is not the virus, it is the people, people do not wash their hands, they do not wear masks,” he said.

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He warned everyone not to socially distance themselves or follow the rules that “their hands are stained with blood.”

They are spreading this virus. Other people will spread it and people will die. They won’t know that they have killed people, but they have.


He added: “I’m seeing entire families being wiped out here, and it has to end.”

Professor Montgomery, who was on duty when he gave the interview, said it was “a great myth” that hospitals are overwhelmed by older people.

“The people we are receiving are, like the first wave, my age actually. I am 58 years old and I would say that half of the patients are younger than me. We are doing middle-aged or a little older people ”.

He also said that he had gone home to take a shower after one of his shifts and that he was called because a pregnant patient had deteriorated.

And he made a plea to people who were thinking of seeing the New Year later with a party: “I’m so sorry that this New Year is miserable, but it has to be. Please do not gather en masse. Don’t do it. make this one last swan song.

Professor Montgomery’s warnings echo the advice of NHS England Professor Stephen Powis, who said Wednesday at a press conference in Downing Street: “Covid loves the crowd.”

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