Public Health England is to be replaced by a new body led by Dido Harding – 11 robust responses

After a series of disastrous revelations and statistics relating to their handling of the UK’s response to Covid-19, Public health England is to be scrapped.

The important government update was released by the Telegraph’s Christopher Hope via a Twitter thread, beginning at 9:34 on Saturday night.

The thread, like the article it heralded, explained that PHE’s replacement would be a new institute which would be formed by bringing science elements from the defunct body and combining them with the Test and Trace facilities – probably under the leadership of Test and Trace’s current head, Dido Harding.

Some people were thrilled by the news.

A lot more weren’t. Here are some of the best responses we saw.