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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that government will absorb full electricity bills for the less privileged while taking care of 50% for the rest of the population using the bill of March as the benchmark.

The president made this known in his 6th televised address to the nation on Ghana’s situation as far as COVID-19 is concerned and the measures being put in place to contain it.

He noted that government has decided on the further forms of mitigation for the next three months, ie April, May, and June; it will provide free electricity for the poor of the poor. Thus persons who consume 0 to 50 kilowatts a month for this period.

”For all other consumers government will absorb 50 percent of your electricity bill using your March 2020 bill as your benchmark, ”he said.

Ghana has so far recorded six deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an update on the Ghana Health Service’s website, 26 more cases of the disease were confirmed as a result of the “enhanced contact tracing and testing.”

This has effectively seen the cases in the country jump to 378 including six casualties.
“As of 7th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 313 cases of COVID-19 with six (6) deaths have been recorded.

The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).”

“A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.”



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