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COVID-19: Government to absorb electricity bills for the poor, others to enjoy 50 per cent slash

President Nana Akufo-Addo has indicated that, the government will fully cover the bills of low-income consumers of electricity in the country for April, May and June 2020.

The remaining consumers who fall outside of this category will enjoy a 50 percent reduction in the cost of electricity for the same period.

The President disclosed this in his sixth national address to the nation on Covid-19 late yesterday night.

“We have decided further measure of mitigation for Ghanaians for the next three months… Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor, i.e: lifeline consumers. This will cover persons who consume 0 to 50-kilowatt hours per month for this period. This forms part of relief interventions by the state amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Other categories of consumers will enjoy a 50 percent discount within the same period. For all other consumers, residential and commercial, the government will absorb 50 percent of your electricity bill for this period using your March 2020 bill as the benchmark,” he noted.

Extension of Lockdown

He again extended the lockdown imposed on some parts of the country by one more week to enhance the contact tracing.

The extension which takes effect from Monday, April 13, 2020 will be subject to review.

“The decision has been taken through the issuance of another executive instrument to extend the restriction of movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts by one more week beginning one (1) clock AM on Monday the 13th of April, subject to review,” the President said.

The President earlier announced a two-week partial lockdown of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area including Tema and Kasoa as well as the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area as parts of the effort to stop the spread of the viral disease in the country.

Ghana’s COVID-19 case count hits 378

Meanwhile confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus has shot up to 378.

The President said the new cases were detected as a result of the ongoing enhanced contact tracing and testing exercise.

He pointed out that some 10000 test results are expected in the coming which will enable the government to decide on the way forward.

“We should be able to test some additional 10000 samples in the coming week to gives us a clearer picture to enable us to take a decision on the way forward,” he said.

 

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