£190m spent on Jersey's response to Covid

Jersey's government has announced how much money it spent responding to the coronavirus pandemic during 2020. The cost, up until the end of December, reached £190 million. Newly released figures also show exactly where that money was spent.

The rest of the money went to departments and services including contact tracing, redeploying GPs and keeping schools open for the children of critical workers. So that is what was spent - but where did all the money come from?

The £181 million came from special savings funds set aside by the Government for exceptional circumstances - like a pandemic. It is money politicians will want to put back into those funds when things improve.