COVID-19: 6 key highlights from Information Ministry's press briefing

COVID-19: 6 key highlights from Information Ministry's press briefing

The Information Ministry today, April 16, 2020, held a press briefing to update Ghanaians on the measures so far taken by the government to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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There were a lot of issues raised during the press conference with regards to the free electricity and a few others. has however identified some six key highlights from the ministry's press briefing

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1. Tests conducted so far

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that as at last night, April 15, 2020, 50,719 tests haves so far been conducted.

Meanwhile, government earlier targeted 10,000 tests as justification for partial lockdown, so this figure represents 5x more than expected.

2. Cases so far

At the press conference, it was also stated that of the three testing categories being done, normal surveillance of 13,838 recorded 268 positive cases.

Mandatory quarantine done at Kotoka and Tamale Airports of 2,011 persons, 105 persons of that number tested positive while enhanced contact tracing of 34,859 recorded 258 positive cases.

3. Electricity

With regards to the president's pronouncement on the electricity bill for 3 months, it was indicated that lifeline consumers (0-50kw/month) will get free electricity for 3 months, that's the equivalent monthly use of 2 light bulbs, 1 TV, 1 tabletop fridge and 1 fan.

The energy minister, John Peter Amewu revealed that 1 million Ghanaians are expected to benefit from free, 3-month electricity policy that affects lifeline customers. NB: 1 million Ghanaians = 1 million meters, not 1 million human beings.

Amewu further stated that 87% of the country is already connected to ECG. Of that number, 25% are lifeline customers - they are getting the free electricity from April till June. He added that the figure is for ECG only, and doesn't include those supplied by NEDCo, and VRA.

4. Prepaid meters

For prepaid customers who had questions as to whether or not they would benefit from the 3-month free electricity, Amewu said if you bought prepaid between 1st to 7th April, your 50% charge reflects in May; May in June; June in July.

However, if you bought prepaid after April 8, after the directive came to force, it reflects immediately so you start enjoying it.

Also if your electricity connection was disconnected before 1st April, you won't benefit from free electricity policy, until you are re-connected.

5. Funerals and Lockdown

Also, it was announced that private funerals can be done anywhere in the country with a maximum of 25 people.

However, this directive comes with a little bit of restriction as these funerals cannot be held in lockdown areas, ie Accra, Kasoa, Kumasi.

6. COVID-19 survivor

Narrating his experience at the press briefing, Fred Drah stated that he did not know how he was infected but Kojo Oppong Nkrumah later said contact tracing showed he may have got it from some expatriates. However, the place of work of the survivor was withheld.

He talked about how he together with his family suffered and still undergoing stigmatization.

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In other news, Ghanaians have given rib-cracking hints on how people from the Ga tribe can be easily identified without necessarily asking them for their names or place of origin. first asked the general public for their views on the question: "What do most people say about Ga people and what is the easiest way to know someone is a Ga?"

Some of the most informative and hilarious ones have been gathered.

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