But crucially, he also estimated that 250,000 would die if ministers stuck with the strategy of controlling the spread with limited measures – such as home isolation for those displaying symptoms of the virus. Sources told the Mail parents would not face fines if they refuse to send children back. Teaching unions have asked for guarantees that fines will be suspended during any back-to-school transition, when many children will still be told to stay at home.

In Downing Street's press conference, Mr Raab also lashed out at 'predatory' hackers targeting organisations involved in the fight against coronavirus, saying criminals and 'hostile states' were trying to take advantage of the crisis for their own 'malicious ends'.

Challenged during Prime Minister's Questions over how the UK's death toll had become so high, Mr Johnson said every death was "a tragedy". Colleagues describe the 51-year-old as an energetic workaholic who has little need for sleep. Security minister James Brokenshire told the BBC that "a range of experts" will continue to support ministers following Prof Ferguson's resignation. Prof Neil Ferguson has quit as a government adviser on coronavirus after admitting an "error of judgement".

She has worked for Avaaz, a US-based online network which promotes global activism on issues such as climate change. In a statement announcing his departure, the leading epidemiologist from Imperial College London said he had made an "error of judgement".

"That means taking responsibility and following the official advice.". A scientific paper published by Professor Neil Ferguson and his colleagues on the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team was credited for persuading Boris Johnson's Government to ramp up their response to the coronavirus. He added that "there will of course be a time to look at what decisions we took and whether we could have taken different decisions" but "what the people of this country want us to do now is to suppress the disease... and begin the work of getting our country's economy back on its feet". Piers Morgan tweeted: 'Unbelievable and shocking.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme last month, he said: 'If we want to reopen schools, let people get back to work, then we need to keep transmission down in another manner. She and her husband live in a £1.9 million home with their two children and are understood to be in an 'open relationship'. he said. Speaking at the daily No 10 press briefing, Mr Raab said evidence from scientists indicated that opening all schools would lead to a 'very real risk' of a steep rise in transmission rates. The housing, communities and local government secretary was forced to explain himself after travelling more than an hour to visit his parents despite warning people to remain at home. Scotland's First Minister said reopening now would 'most likely' see hospitals north of the border 'overwhelmed' with coronavirus cases within two months. :: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker.

In a podcast on March 31 Miss Staats said of the lockdown: 'I think it's also a strain on – maybe strained has sounded too negative – but it's an interesting relationship challenge, for Chris [her husband] and my relationship.'. The MP for Aberavon in South Wales was publicly shamed by police after travelling to London to celebrate his father's birthday. And this guy's the No1 'expert' on whom the government is basing its entire coronavirus strategy?'. Professor Neil Ferguson, the scientist whose research helped usher in the lockdown, has resigned from his role as a key Government adviser after admitting that he had undermined social distancing rules by meeting his lover at his home.

"I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in SAGE. Despite Prof Ferguson's comments, it is currently unclear whether people who have recovered from the virus will be immune or able to catch it again. Following his recovery from the symptoms, he later told the BBC that 'significant levels of social distancing' would be required until a vaccine has been developed.