Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said that politicians in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have not all agreed to the UK government’s new Coronavirus message urging people to ‘Stay Alert’.
Reports of the UK government changing its Coroanvirus slogan from ‘Stay At Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives’ to ‘Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives’ spread on Sunday morning and were later confirmed by Boris Johnson in a tweet.
The Welsh Government’s message has not changed according to Mr Gething, saying on Sunday that there had not been a ‘four-nations agreement’ on the new slogan. He said in a tweet,
“I’ve seen the media briefings and changed message for England. There has not been a 4 nations agreement or discussion on this. The @WelshGovernment message has not changed. Stay at home and if you do go out observe the social distancing rules. #StayHomeSaveLives”
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has also rejected the new slogan, which some have described as vague, saying she would be continuing to advise people to ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’.
On Friday, the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford announced an extension of lockdown measures in Wales for another three weeks, making only ‘modest’ changes including allowing people to exercise more than once a day. He also announced that garden centres would be able to reopen from Monday.
A pre-recorded message by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be broadcast at 7pm this evening (BST), with it expected to announce more details on England’s next steps in responding to the Coronavirus.