The key expert in coronavirus response resigns from Sage (Scientific Advisory Group of Emergencies) after breaching lockdown restrictions to see his lover.
After allegations emerged from The Daily Telegraph, it was claimed that Prof Ferguson allowed a woman described as his “lover”-to visit his home in London ignoring strict rules against mixing households.
It was Ferguson`s modelling which convinced the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to press ahead with the UK-wide lockdown. His research with the Imperial College London colleagues was influential to the Prime Minister`s decision after it was forecast that 250,000 people in UK could die without quick action.
On Tuesday Neil Ferguson said, “I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action. I have therefore stepped back my involvement in Sage”. Antonia Staats his “lover” had crossed London from her family home to visit him on at least two occasions since the lockdown measures were imposed.
Staats said that she did not believe their actions were hypocritical because she considered the households to be one. Ferguson`s lover reportedly lives with her husband and children.
Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England when she was asked whether partners living separately could visit each other said, “If the two halves of the couple are currently in separate households, ideally they should stay I n those households”.
Ferguson is said to have contracted coronavirus in mid-March, apparently after attending meetings in Westminister. It is clear that his breach of social distancing measures made the whole nation to risk of contracting the virus and his decision to step down was good.