UK coronavirus adviser Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules

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Key expert in coronavirus response resigns from Sage after admitting ‘error of judgment’

Prof Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist whose modelling helped shape Britain’s coronavirus lockdown strategy, has quit as a government adviser after flouting the rules by receiving visits from his lover at his home.

Ferguson runs the group of scientists at Imperial College London whose projections helped persuade ministers of the need to impose stringent physical distancing rules, or risk the NHS being overwhelmed.

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