UK science adviser on steps down after lockdown breach

London: A British scientist advising the government on its coronavirus response resigned from his role on Tuesday, after the Daily Telegraph reported he had broken lockdown rules by meeting a female friend.

Professor Neil Ferguson, British epidemiologist and professor of mathematical biology at the Imperial College London.

Professor Neil Ferguson, British epidemiologist and professor of mathematical biology at the Imperial College London.Credit:Marshaj2020/Commons

Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London, said he was standing down from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies which plays a key role in shaping government policy.

The Telegraph said he had been visited by a 38-year old woman on two occasions. This would breach rules which say citizens must only leave their homes to shop for food, for exercise or medical needs, or if they cannot work from home.

“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,” Ferguson said in a statement.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/uk-science-adviser-on-coronavirus-steps-down-after-lockdown-breach-20200506-p54q6m.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world