Tuesday, 5 July 2022 – 23:41

Top government scientist resigns after reportedly breaking lockdown rules

A top government scientist giving advice during the Coronavirus outbreak has resigned from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

Professor Neil Ferguson resigned on Tuesday after reports that he had broken lockdown rules in order to meet his married lover.

In a statement announcing his resignation, the leading epidemiologist said;

 “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.

“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.

“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.”

According to a report in the Telegraph, the Professor allowed a married woman to visit him at home during the lockdown. 

Professor Ferguson has frequently appeared in the media, showing support for the lockdown and social distancing measures.

A month ago today, Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood resigned after images emerged of her flouting her own lockdown guidance.

 

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