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UK professor who swayed Covid-19 response is self isolating

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - A British professor who was in Downing Street this week after convincing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stiffen his response to the coronavirus outbreak has self isolated after developing a persistent dry cough and a fever.

"Sigh. Developed a slight dry but persistent cough yesterday and self isolated even though I felt fine," said Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, "Then developed high fever at 4am today. There is a lot of COVID-19 in Westminster," he said on Twitter. (Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)