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Virus expert self-isolates after developing a fever

A PROFESSOR who was at No.10 this week after convincing Boris Johnson to stiffen his response to the Covid-19 outbreak has self-isolated after developing a dry cough and a fever.

Neil Ferguson (pictured), 52, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, yesterday tweeted: ‘Sigh. Developed a slight dry but persistent cough and self-isolated even though I felt fine.

‘Then developed high fever at 4am today. There is a lot of Covid-19 in Westminster.’

He later thanked well-wishers and said he was still working from home.

It was not immediately clear if he had met the prime minister face-to-face, but he did attend the Downing Street news conference on Monday.

In a study, Prof Ferguson compared the potential impact of the epidemic with the flu outbreak of 1918 and said that with no mitigating measures at all the current pandemic could cause more than 500,000 deaths in Britain.

A spokesman for No.10 said: ‘We continue to follow Public Health England advice and any person who develops symptoms should self-isolate for seven days. The prime minister is not currently displaying any symptoms.’

He added rooms where news conferences are held are ‘thoroughly cleaned’ when they end.