His flawed and wholy inaccurate models were the basis for the worldwide lockdown
- Neil Ferguson — whose research convinced the UK government to ditch its “herd immunity” strategy and enter its ongoing lockdown — resigned Tuesday as a government adviser.
- He resigned after breaking social distancing rules to meet with his lover, who is married to another man and lives with her husband and children in a different part of London, according to The Telegraph.
- Ferguson, who advocated for the country’s lockdown, contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in March and is speculated to have been “patient zero” in a string of infections at Downing Street that included Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
- “I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic,” Ferguson, who has been nicknamed “Professor Lockdown,” said in a statement.
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) May 5, 2020
Exclusive: Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover
Prof Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing
By Anna Mikhailova, Deputy Political Editor ; Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent ; Michael Gillard and Louisa Wells, The Telegraph, 5 May 2020
The scientist whose advice prompted Boris Johnson to lock down Britain resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night as The Telegraph can reveal he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.
Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house.
The epidemiologist leads the team at Imperial College London that produced the computer-modelled research that led to the national lockdown, which claimed that more than 500,000 Britons would die without the measures….
Neil Ferguson, the UK scientist who was instrumental in designing the nation’s COVID-19 response, has resigned from his position as a government adviser after he broke the nation’s lockdown order to meet with his married lover.
“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 [the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies],” Ferguson told The Telegraph.
As Business Insider’s Bill Bostock previously reported, Ferguson, the 51-year-old head of the department of infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London, was a key player in developing the British government’s response to COVID-19.
The UK had toyed with the idea of implementing a “herd immunity” strategy, which would have avoided a nationwide lockdown. When Ferguson shared findings that 510,000 people could die under such a strategy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reversed course and placed the country on its ongoing lockdown.
In his statement to The Telegraph, Ferguson reiterated the importance of the government’s lockdown guidance.
“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 said. “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.”