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‘Duck the footy’ SA health boss Nicola Spurrier compares Covid lockdown to ‘Where’s Wally’

Bizarre moment top doctor telling AFL fans to ‘duck the footy’ to avoid Covid, compares lockdown to ‘Where’s Wally’ after appearing in series of online memes

  • SA Chief Health Officer says Covid lockdown is a lot like Where’s Wally cartoon
  • Professor Nicola Spurrier became a meme for her red and white striped coat
  • But the top doctors say it’s appropriate because ‘we’re trying to find the virus’
  • dr. Spurrier also provided an update on the man’s sock drawer at the media conference

South Australia’s top doctor has compared lockdown to the puzzle book series Where’s Wally at a bizarre media conference where she also kept the state informed about her husband’s messy sock drawer.

Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier, who once told football fans to ‘bend down’ if the ball was kicked into the crowd so they wouldn’t catch coronavirus from it, was asked by reporters on Thursday about the topic of social media memes.

Incarcerated SA residents are flooding the internet with hilarious light-hearted videos and images of Dr. Spurrier and Prime Minister Steven Marshall as the state deals with the latest Covid outbreak which has now risen to 14 cases.

dr. Spurrier replied by saying that she especially liked comparing her to Wally in a red and white striped jacket, because it was a good analogy for the virus.

Incarcerated SA residents are flooding the internet with hilarious light-hearted videos and images of Dr.  Spurrier (pictured) and Prime Minister Steven Marshall

Incarcerated SA residents are flooding the internet with hilarious light-hearted videos and images of Dr. Spurrier (pictured) and Prime Minister Steven Marshall

dr.  Spurrier said she particularly enjoyed comparing her in a red and white striped jacket (left) to the topic of the puzzle book series Where's Wally (right) because it was a good analogy for the virus.

dr.  Spurrier said she particularly enjoyed comparing her in a red and white striped jacket (left) to the topic of the puzzle book series Where's Wally (right) because it was a good analogy for the virus.

dr. Spurrier said she particularly enjoyed comparing her in a red and white striped jacket (left) to the topic of the puzzle book series Where’s Wally (right) because it was a good analogy for the virus.

“My kids showed me the Where’s Wally meme… and I thought it would be fun to put on Facebook because this is what we’re dealing with right now. We are trying to find the virus,” she said.

“When you think about the photos and Where’s Wally, everyone stops.

“I want you all to stand still so my team can find the virus, aka Where’s Wally.”

The strange comments came just after she updated the situation about her husband’s messy sock drawer.

dr. Spurrier gave advice to residents who should stay at home on Wednesday, when she said: “Think of some hobbies to do to make sure you’re locked in.

“Like I told my husband when I left home this morning, this is the day you can clean out your sock drawer.”

A meme comparing Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier to Kath and Kim character Prude and Trude has turned out to be a popular online meme

A meme comparing Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier to Kath and Kim character Prude and Trude has turned out to be a popular online meme

A meme comparing Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier to Kath and Kim character Prude and Trude has turned out to be a popular online meme

When reporters questioned her on Thursday about how cleaning up the big sock drawer had gone, Dr. Spurrier it please.

“My dear husband had many friends who emailed him asking how he was doing,” she said.

“He’s a very neat person and also extremely talented, but happens to be locked up because his company is closed.

“But he’s got a lot of other drawers to clear out and quite a few sheds too.”

The public health expert has become a much-loved figure in her home state with her unintentionally funny comments that leave South Australians and the rest of the nation down.

But her strange health advice was sometimes met with bewilderment and ridicule.

Pictured: David Spurrier getting vaccinated

Pictured: David Spurrier getting vaccinated

Pictured: Dr.  Spurrier gives an update on the man's disorganized sock draw at a bizarre press conference

Pictured: Dr.  Spurrier gives an update on the man's disorganized sock draw at a bizarre press conference

“As I told my husband when I left home this morning, this is the day you can clean up your socks,” Mr. Spurrier (right) told her partner David (left, vaccinated)

Last month, she advised footy fans to ‘dive’ if the ball comes near them in the crowd, as it could be infected with Covid-19.

dr. Spurrier gave the extraordinary advice while also giving the green light to AFL club Collingwood to enter the state from virus-ravaged Melbourne and play a match in front of a huge crowd at Adelaide Oval against the Crows.

“Not that I’ve been to many football games, but I’ve noticed it getting kicked in the crowd every now and then,” she said.

“If the ball comes to you, my advice is to bend over and don’t touch that ball.”

There are currently 71 exposure sites in Adelaide, with nearly 17,600 tests performed in the past 24 hours, with some residents having to wait up to 12 hours in the lines of cars at drive-thru test clinics.

Two more locally acquired infections on Thursday brought the total number of cases in the state to 14.

Seven of the positive tests have been traced to Tenafeate Creek Wines in Yattalunga, north of Adelaide, and a number of other infections have been linked to the city’s restaurant, The Greek.

The outbreak was sparked by an 81-year-old man who returned from Argentina and spent his hotel quarantine period in NSW before testing positive in SA.

The state was ordered into a seven-day lockdown at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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