Yesterday, 5th of April, 2020 the President of the Republic of Ghana addressed the Nation about the novel Coronavirus and these are the 10 key updates you should take note.
1. Absorption of water bills for the next 3 months
The Ghana Water Company has been tasked to provide uninterrupted water to all Ghanaians on their line without the citizens paying any bill for the next 3 months.
2. 50% increase in salary of frontline workers
According to the President, all the frontline health workers who he described as the real heroes in this situation are to receive an additional 50% allowance in their basic salaries.
3. The total amount accumulated in the COVID-19 fund so far.
Akufo-Addo also mentioned how much had been accrued so far in the COVID-19 fund. He said GHC8 million had been pooled together which included $600,000 from Ghanaians in the diaspora.
4. Cleanup exercise by security personnel at Greater Accra and Kumasi
He announced that some military personnel took up the responsibility of desilting choked drains and clearing up piled up filth where the need be.
5. Health Workers to be exempted from paying taxes on emoluments
The president added that starting April through to June, health workers would not be taxed from their salaries.
6. Supply of sanitizers and PPEs
The President also stated that they are going to commence production and supply of some PPEs n Sanitizers.
7. Food supply to some deprived people in lockdown areas
President Akufo-Addo has stated that government will do it best to provide dry food packages and hot meals for 400,000 deprived people during the lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
8. Uninterrupted supply of water and electricity
Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghana Water Company to provide uninterrupted water supply during the entire period to all Ghanaians.
9. Free bus transportation for frontline health workers
Akufo-Addo has directed Aaayalolo buses to provide free transportation for health workers with Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Takoradi for the entire period.
10. Government to take decision on lockdown extention
Akufo-Addo announced that the decision to extend a lockdown would depend on the results of the tests carried out on some 15,000 contacts that were traced to have come in contact with COVID-19 confirmed cases.