Counter-terrorism director general to lead coronavirus risk response unit | Civil Service World

Tom Hurd, the director general of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, has been appointed to head up a new unit tasked with assessing the threat level that will inform the UK’s route out of coronavirus lockdown.

Hurd, who joined the OSCT in the Home Office four years ago, will lead the Joint Biosecurity Centre that the prime minister announced yesterday as part of his “road map” out of lockdown.Setting out the next phase of the UK’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak on Sunday night, Boris Johnson said the government was setting up a “Covid alert system” to “chart our progress and to avoid going back to square one”.

Source: Counter-terrorism director general to lead coronavirus risk response unit | Civil Service World