Parts of Ghana is on partial lockdown, all in efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, the country will lose about GHC9.5 billion due to the latest development.
According to him, it will be 2.5% of Ghana’s revised GDP.
Addressing parliament, the minister noted that the situation will lead to a “fiscal gap of GHC11.4 billion.”
Import duties, for example, will fall short of target by GHC808 million for the 2020 fiscal year, the minister indicated.
The effect of the virus on the economy will worsen because Ghana just began a two-week partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
YEN.com.gh presents a wrap of the top COVID-19 stories for Monday, March 30, 2020.
1. Akufo-Addo’s ministers, deputies, presidential staffers donate 50% of salaries to COVID-19 Fund
All ministers of State, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, the deputy Chiefs of Staff, Secretary to the President have decided to donate 50% of their salaries, for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June, to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
Others include Secretary to the Cabinet, Presidential Staffers and Presidential Aides at the Presidency. The Fund was established by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the fight against the virus and to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.
2. Ghana discharges two COVID-19 patients
Two others are awaiting laboratory results to inform health officials’ decision on discharge.
The two discharged patients, according to the Ghana Health Service, are those who fall under the Routine Surveillance.
3. COVID-19: LEKMA doctor tests positive
It is not clear how the doctor got infected. He has not shown any signs of the disease.
4. COVID-19: There’s enough to feed everyone; mad rush needless - Agric Minister
According to him, Ghana has more than enough food for everyone. At a press conference in Accra on Monday, March 30, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto said Ghana is not at war.
5. COVID-19: Ghana’s partial lockdown in full force
The significantly stronger measures to boost the fight against COVID-19 came into effect at about 1am on Monday, March 30, as announced by the country’s leader, Nana Akufo-Addo.
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