DR Susan Hopkins is a medical expert and is part of the Government's ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic in England.
The infectious disease specialist as been part of the team advising Boris Johnson as the coronavirus second wave grips the UK and large parts of Europe.
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Who is Dr Susan Hopkins?
Dr Susan Hopkins is a healthcare epidemiologist consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology at Imperial College London.
According to her biography on the Imperial College Website, Dr Hopkins has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.
She is also the Programme Director for the UCL MSc in Healthcare associated Infection Control.
What is her role in Government?
Dr Hopkins is the current head of Public Health England (PHE), the official authority that releases nationwide health figures and statistics.
She is set to give a Downing Street update at 11am on Wednesday November 18, 2020, alonside professor Stephen Powis.
Dr Powis previously warned that hospitals were filling up with Covid patients and last month stated that there were more people in hospital with the virus than there had been in March.
PHE compiles data on infections and it was today revealed that Hull has the biggest case load in the country.
What has she said during the Covid pandemic?
- Dr Hopkins recently said that England's tier system would need to be "strengthened".
- She said the Government needs to look at what "tiers there may be in the future" when the lockdown ends on 2 December.
- She said Test and Trace is limited because “people don’t want to get a contact from an unknown number”.
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