UK coronavirus adviser resigns after reports his lover visited during lockdown


A leading epidemiologist who advised the UK government on its coronavirus response resigned from his government post on Tuesday, after the Telegraph newspaper revealed he broke the lockdown rules he helped shape by allowing his reported lover to visit his home.

Professor Neil Ferguson, who is based at Imperial College in London, is one of the architects of the UK government’s stay-at-home strategy and was a prominent member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which has been spearheading the country’s coronavirus response. The Telegraph reported Tuesday that a woman whom it described as his married lover had visited Ferguson’s home in London at least twice despite social distancing guidelines. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that he was left speechless by the “extraordinary” revelation and that Ferguson had taken the right decision in resigning from his advisory position.


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Milena Veselinovic and Laura Smith-Spark – CNN – May 6, 2020.

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