22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Bridges defends criticism of lockdown extension

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 22 April 2020

Simon Bridges has heavily criticised the Government's response to Covid-19, saying it didn't do enough groundwork to get the country out of Alert Level 4 restrictions this week.

He says work has only just begun on surveillance testing, and that tracing isn't up to scratch - and continues to say New Zealand should be following Australia's lead on what restrictions are necessary.

His comments came in a social media posting after Monday's news there'd be no move to Alert Level 3 until next week.

The post sparked a huge backlash online, even from his own party's supporters.

Bridges is on the line speaks to Susie Ferguson.