Professor behind virus lockdown plan quits after meeting lover
Professor Neil Ferguson and Dr Catherine Calderwood, both of whom have quit over social distancing.
By Democrat reporter
Professor Neil Ferguson has reportedly quit the SAGE and NERVTAG advisory bodies which are advising the four UK governments on the coronavirus crisis, admitting he had made an ‘error of judgement’.
The senior government science adviser has resigned after breaking lockdown social distancing rules to meet his lover, it has been claimed.
It was Professor Neil Ferguson’s advice that prompted Boris Johnson to put Britain in lockdown.
He sat on the government’s Sage committee, which provides advice to ministers on their response to the pandemic. The advice is shared with the three devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The professor also sat on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG).
He is understood to have resigned from both bodies.
Professor Ferguson, who is reported by The Daily Mirror, to have been nicknamed nicknamed “Professor Lockdown” is an infectious disease epidemiologist at Imperial College London.
He said he believed he was immune to the virus, after self isolating with symptoms in March.
The professor leads the team that produced research claiming more than 500,000 people would die from the virus in the UK unless lockdown restrictions were introduced.
It’s claimed his lover travelled across London on two occasions to spend time with the expert.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “I accept I made an error of judgement and took the wrong course of action.
“I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in SAGE [the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies].
“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.”
He added: “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.”
On March 18, Professor Ferguson said he was self-isolating after developing a dry cough and fever.
- Professor Ferguson’s error of judgement is the second big embarrassment involving the social distancing laws being disobeyed by senior officials. Scotland’s CMO Dr Catherine Calderwood was forced to resign after she spent two weekends in a row at her family’s holiday home in Fife.