Professor Neil Ferguson Resigns After Breaking Lockdown Rules
Government epidemiologist resigns after breaking the lockdown rules to meet his married lover. Neil Ferguson, of the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health at Imperial College, is regarded as the top government adviser who recommended the country be locked down to prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. His advice was important in helping the government determine what rules should define the lockdown, and how people should interact during it.
The Daily Telegraph has reported the Professor allowed Antonia Staats to visit his home whilst publicly recommending social distancing as vital for the containment of the Coronavirus. It was the computer modelled research at Imperial University predicting 500,000 deaths if drastic measures against the Coronavirus were not taken, that was critically in persuading Boris Johnson and the government to implement the lockdown in March.
In a statement released late on Tuesday, Professor Ferguson said:
I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action. I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage… I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus, and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.
I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic. The Government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.