News that the Matt Hancock has been allegedly conducting an affair prompted shock and mockery from the comic corners of the internet 

Twitter wits responded to the married Health Secretary’s photographed kiss with aide Gina Coladangelo by suggesting he was simply following the new Covid-19 guidelines “hands, face, embrace”.

Soon after the photograph emerged online commentators advised that the Health Secretary delete his unfortunately-timed current Instagram story, which stated: “I work alongside some brilliant women.  

Matt Hancock's recent Instagram story by the way.

Aged like milk.

— Ben Watters (@KorrBardh) June 25, 2021

“If you’re a woman who wants to get involved in politics swipe up”

Some surmised that Mr Hancock must have mistaken Instagram for the dating app Tinder, and suggested public contracts with the NHS will be “put out to Tinder” in future.

He jokes mounted in the wake of news that Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo, who reportedly met at Oxford University in the early 2000s, had been pictured in an embrace.

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’s assertion that the aide would have undergone an “incredibly rigorous” process before being recruited did nothing to quell the titters on Twitter.

Some suggested any alleged stolen moments between the pair in the Department of Health would have become known as “Hancock’s Half Hour”.

Others guessed what chat-up line the Health Secretary might have used, from “You can’t spell virus without U and I” to the even more niche pandemics reference:  “I’ve looked at a lot of models this week, but baby you’re the prettiest.”

Some concluded that the story was “definitive proof that Covid makes you lose your sense of taste”, and the internet leapt on the chance joke about the burgeoning scandal: 

if i found i had sexual chemistry with matt hancock id move to brazil and start a new life

— Robin Craig (@robin__craig) June 25, 2021

Matt Hancock’s new message to the country

— Ashley (@Ashleyybrewer) June 25, 2021

Spin room this morning by Hancock's team…

— Rhiannon (@rhiannondaniels) June 25, 2021

Matt Hancock kisses like the Sims.

— LADbible (@ladbible) June 25, 2021

CCTV of Matt Hancock having an affair? No prizes for guessing who leaked that then…

— Bally Singh (@putasinghonit) June 25, 2021

Statement due from Matt Hancock

— Sartorial Thug 🍸(Secretary of State for Bounders) (@SartorialThug) June 25, 2021