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Britain's top doctors have begged Brits to stay indoors this New Year's Eve – as it was revealed the UK has still not seen the impact of Christmas mixing on the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking from Downing Street, the UK's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said: "It is almost certainly true that the NHS has not yet seen the impact of mixing which occurred on Christmas Day and that is really rather sobering.
"I know New Year is coming up, I know it's normally a time of great festivity and enjoyment, but you have just got to play your part now in bringing us back from this very dangerous situation that we find ourselves in."
And NHS Medical director for England Stephen Powis added: "Covid loves a crowd so please leave the parties till later in the year".
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The news comes just two hours after Matt Hancock said soaring coronavirus cases meant it was "absolutely necessary" to plunge 20 million people in England under the strictest possible coronavirus restrictions.
The Health Secretary confirmed that the Midlands, the North East, parts of the North West and parts of the south-west of England will go into the toughest Tier 4 of coronavirus restrictions from a minute past midnight on New Year's Eve, covering more than three-quarters (78.3%) of the English population.
Earlier today, Johnson told ITV News that millions of Brits could stay under Tier 4 lockdown measures for months.
"I think Chris Whitty set a sort of terminus of April 5, Easter, where he taught things would be much much much better…" The PM said.
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"That will depend on how fast we can get the virus under control with tough tiering, with testing, and with rolling out the vaccination programme.
"I'm not going to give you a deadline. but you've heard what I said about April – that's the terminus anti quem [latest possible date].
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"If – and it's a big if – if the tiering can work to bring the virus under control, if the vaccine rollout proceeds fast enough and we're able to inoculate, to protect those millions… then there's a world in which that fate could be brought forward.
"Who knows by how many weeks.
"That's obviously what we're aiming for – I can't give you that date today."
- Boris Johnson
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