Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced a three-month free provision of water for all Ghanaians as parts of his government’s efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Mr Akufo-Addo said this on Sunday while addressing the nation on the measures being taken against the spread of the coronavirus, his fifth national update.
“The Ghana Water Company and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure stable supply and electricity during this period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of supply.
“Furthermore, government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, that is April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to vulnerable communities,” he said.
The president said his government will this week decide whether to extend the two-week restriction of movement in some parts of the country.
The government had imposed the restrictions to check the spread of COVID-19 in the West African country.
According to the president, the decision of the government will be based on laboratory test results of 15,384 of the 19,276 persons traced to have had contact with Covid-19 patients.
Mr Akufo-Addo said the results of the tests will determine the nation’s next course of action.
“We are, thus, about to enter a critical phase in our fight in the coming week as the Ghana Health Service is due to receive the results of some 15,384 out of 19,276 persons who have been reached through contact tracing. It is the results of these tests that will determine our future course of action.
“So in the course of the coming week, a determination will be made as to whether or not to extend the duration of the two-week restriction on movement and the implementation or otherwise of any more enhanced measures to deal with the virus,” the president said.
Meanwhile, the president has extended by two weeks, the closure of Ghana’s borders to human traffic until further notice.
Current Covid-19 Situation
As of April 5, a total of 214 positive cases of coronavirus has been confirmed. Out of the number, three persons have fully recovered, 49 have been discharged and are receiving care from home while five have lost their lives to the disease.