Coronavirus: Ghanaian president promises to pay utilities for 3 months

Coronavirus: Ghanaian president promises to pay utilities for 3 months

- President Akufo-Addo has promised to help the people of Ghana through these hard times

- He said that the government would ensure that people would receive free water for the next three months

- These measures would help make lockdown more tolerable for the people

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President Akufo-Addo issued the directive in a televised broadcast to the nation to provide an update on the latest enhanced measures taken by the government in the fight for the preventive and containment of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to mitigate the economic hardships being experienced by Ghanaians, the president disclosed that the Ghana Water Company (GWC) Ltd has been directed to supply free uninterrupted water to all Ghanaians amid the Covid-19 pandemic for the months of April, May and June in 2020.

Briefly.co.za learned that this is part of efforts by the government to ameliorate the economic challenges as a result of the deadly coronavirus that has taken lives, hospitalised many, crashed stock markets and impacted global health systems.

Watch the full televised broadcast below.

Meanwhile, the Disease Surveillance Department has confirmed that nine more cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Ghana as of April 5.

Six of the nine cases were recorded from the Greater Accra region and three from the Ashanti region.

Out of the 214 cases, three have recovered and 18 others have been discharged and are being treated at home.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) has announced a plan to reduce its benchmark rate by 200 basis points.

The move is an attempt to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on businesses and individuals in Ghana.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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