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New coronavirus slogan… whatever does it meme?

Off message: Some of the online posters poking fun at the new advice

THE new government slogan in the fight against coronavirus has attracted a wave of mockery on social media.

After ‘stay at home, save lives, protect the NHS’, people are now urged to ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’.

Harry Potter’s creator JK Rowling (pictured) asked yesterday: ‘Is coronavirus sneaking around in a fake moustache and glasses? If we drop our guard, will it slip us a Micky (sic) Finn?’

Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, chipped in: ‘The messaging from this government throughout this crisis has been a total joke, but their new slogan takes it to a new level. Stay alert? It’s a deadly virus, not a zebra crossing.’

Comedian Adam Kay, a former doctor, added: ‘It would be difficult to stay alert to something that’s 0.0001 millimetres in diameter. This pandemic is going to have as many spikes as a coronavirus.’

Andy Burnham, the Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, tweeted that it ‘feels like a mistake to me to drop the clear “stay at home” message’.