Journalist Tova O’Brien asks Government Officials ‘hard questions’ over COVID-19 Lockdown – video

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Newshub Journalist Tova O’Brien created a heated conversation over financial uncertainties following a COVID-19 announcement.

Auckland was to go into Alert Level 3 lockdown for seven days after a COVID-19 Community Case was identified. The rest of New Zealand was to move to Alert Level 2.

Tova O’Brien asked the hard questions regarding the financial implications of the lockdown Alert Level changes.


Finance Minister Grant Robertson ‘estimated’ the total Wage Subsidy costs for the lockdown to be a maximum of $500m for the whole country.

Mr Robertson claimed ‘yo-yo’ lockdowns are not affecting taxpayers; having to fork out a large sum for no ‘effect’ on the economy.

Experts are ‘dictating’ the decisions on the taxpayer dollars when it comes to locking down.

Image/Video: SUPPLIED [Ministry of Health (Government Newswire)]

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