Post by fretslider on May 6, 2020 4:56:37 GMT -5
The UK scientist whose doomsday predictions triggered a massive lockdown on both sides of the Atlantic has resigned his government advisory position, amid claims he broke the strict lockdown rules he pushed to meet his married lover.
He became known as professor lockdown after his alarming data modelling predicted huge casualties for the populations of the United Kingdom and the United States unless they enacted severe curbs on individual freedoms to lock the nations down.
I think Professor Ferguson has taken an appropriate course given the issues of ensuring there is clarity of message on upholding the rules and requirements on social distancing and just why that matters so much in terms of protecting our NHS and saving lives. - Security Minister James Brokenshire
Antonia Staats, 38, lives with her husband and their children in a £1.9million house, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Professor Ferguson leads the team at Imperial College London that handed a bombshell piece of research to the government that said failing to take drastic action would cause 250,000 deaths and overwhelm the NHS.
It was a hammer blow to the government's initial hopes of defeating the virus by building "herd immunity" in the community.
But despite his support for the nationwide lockdown, Prof Ferguson failed to follow social distancing rules himself.
On at least two occasions, Ms Staats travelled across London to see the government scientist. Her first visit, on March 30, coincided with a public warning by Prof Ferguson the lockdown measures would need to stay in place until June.
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