British leading epidemiologist resigns for breaking lockdown rules

Henrietta Strickland
May 6, 2020

A leading epidemiologist whose work heavily influenced the UK's lockdown measures has resigned from his position as a government adviser after a British newspaper revealed he broke social distancing rules.

The Telegraph said he had been visited by a 38-year old woman on two occasions.

The government had ramped up its response to the crisis after research by Ferguson and his colleagues at Imperial College London warned that COVID-19 infections and deaths would spiral without drastic action.

It is alleged, the first of the pair's secretive meetings took place on March 30 which coincided with Mr Ferguson claiming the lockdown must be extended until June.

The woman, it turns out, lives with her husband and has children.

"I accept I made an error of judgement and took the wrong course of action", Prof Ferguson of Imperial College London said, the BBC reported.

A spokesman for the government confirms that Ferguson has resigned, but has not further comments. He advised the Telegraph: "I acted within the trust that I used to be immune, having examined certain for coronavirus and entirely remoted myself for just about two weeks after growing signs".

He also confirmed he will be stepping down from his involvement in the British government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, a group that has been heading the U.K.'s coronavirus response.

"I deeply remorseful about any undermining of the transparent messages across the persevered want for social distancing to regulate this devastating epidemic". The government's guideline is not to be mistaken, and it is there to protect us all, says Neil Ferguson.

Ms Staats is understood to be in an open marriage.

The housing, communities and local government secretary later made a 64km trip to visit his elderly parents in Shropshire.

In the report's wake, the Prime Minister announced the lockdown on March 23 ordering the public to stay at home as he shut most shops and gave police unprecedented enforcement powers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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