According to Danas daily, the government is keen to highlight its ‘successes in the fight against the coronavirus and take credit for the ‘victory’ over the pandemic.
It is not yet known whether there will be an official campaign for this with billboards, T-shirts and posters, but that’s widely speculated.
There is no official confirmation yet on the launch of a campaign that would mark “victory over the coronavirus”. 21st May has passed, which was originally indicated as the date when billboards featuring the words ‘We have defeated the virus’ were to appear all over Serbia. Although, none of such billboards has been put up rumours are rife in southern Serbia say that the celebratory propaganda could start on 6th June.
Allegedly, on that date, billboards will be put up all over Serbia featuring the inscription “We have defeated the coronavirus” while people wearing T-shirts with the same slogan will walk on the streets, as JugMedia wrote three days ago following unofficial information from sources close to the SNS party in Leskovac and Niš.
According to the media, the promotional material in question is currently being prepared, but the billboards have yet to be rented and it is possible that the campaign will start slowly in smaller towns that currently have a low number of coronavirus patients, and that the big proclamation of victory will take place on 28th June, when members of the government and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, will attend a celebration to mark the 650th anniversary of the founding of the town of Kruševac.
Milica Ivanović, editor-in-chief of JugMedia, told Danas, that although the number of patients in Jablanica district is quite low at the moment, she believes that any declaration of “victory” would be premature and could lead to excessive relaxation.
“I would not be surprised if such posters and T-shirts appear because we have received confirmation about this from several sources. However, I think it would be reckless of the government to launch such a campaign now. Although the numbers related to the coronavirus give us a reason for hope, I don’t think we can win over the virus right now, and if someone imposes on us the fact that we have “defeated” the virus, I fear it will be a Pyrrhic victory, Ivanovic points out.