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Scientist whose advice led to lockdown QUITS after ‘breaking restrictions to meet married lover’ 

The scientist whose advice led to Boris Johnson introducing lockdown measures to combat coronavirus has resigned from his government role after he breached the restrictions to meet his married lover.

Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, allowed the woman, Antonia Staats, to visit him at his home, despite the lockdown, which he has continually said is vital in stopping the spread of the killer virus. 

Ms Staats, 38, lives with her husband and their children in another house. 

The Imperial College epidemiologist leads a team which produced the research that led to lockdown.

His research claimed that 500,000 Britons could die without strict lockdown measures being put in place.   

Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, allowed the woman, Antonia Staats, to visit him at his home, despite the lockdown

Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, allowed the woman, Antonia Staats, to visit him at his home, despite the lockdown

Ms Staats, 38, who lives with her husband and their children in another house, visited the scientist at least twice

Ms Staats, 38, who lives with her husband and their children in another house, visited the scientist at least twice

Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, allowed the woman, Antonia Staats, to visit him at his home, despite the lockdown. Ms Staats, 38, who lives with her husband and their children in another house, visited the scientist at least twice

Ms Staats is believed to have visited the scientist shortly after he finished self-isolating for two weeks

Ms Staats is believed to have visited the scientist shortly after he finished self-isolating for two weeks

Ms Staats is believed to have visited the scientist shortly after he finished self-isolating for two weeks

However, despite his repeated demands that the public follow lockdown measures, he himself met with his lover on at least two occasions, according to the Telegraph

Ms Staats travelled across London from her home in the south of the capital to spend time with the scientist.

Prof Ferguson had only just finished a two-week spell self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

Prof Ferguson said: ‘I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action. I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage [the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies].

‘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.’

Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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