For breaking the rules that he helped to formulate, a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) member opted to resign.

This epidemiologist who is advising the UK government on its coronavirus response quit from his government post after the Telegraph newspaper reported he broke the lockdown rules he helped shape.

Professor Neil Ferguson is one of the architects of the UK government stay-at-home strategy and was a prominent member of Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which has been spearheading the coronavirus response.

The Telegraph reported that Ferguson, who is based at Imperial College in London, was visited by a woman at his home twice despite social distancing guidelines.

In a statement to CNN, Professor Ferguson said he accepted that he made “an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action,” and had therefore stepped back from his 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, he said.”

“The government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us,” he added.


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