Daily infection of Coronavirus has increased from 25 to 130- President Akufo-Addo [ARTICLE]


The rate of infection had gone down some weeks ago with the number of active cases reduced to around 320, but President Akufo-Addo in his 13th address on Coronavirus has said that the daily rate of infection is now alarming, so Ghanaians shouldn’t let their guards down.

“The daily rate of infection of the disease has increased from 25 to 130 in the last two weeks and the active case are now 19000.’

“I know the implementation of this directive for the months of April, May, and June has been fraught with some challenges, caused, mainly, by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies as “frontline health workers” in this context. I have, however, been assured that they have now been resolved, and payments will be effected from the end of June. I should reiterate that the insurance package for health workers is still in place.”

Meanwhile the President extended incentives to health workers to the rest of the year.

“I am happy to announce that the incentive package for health workers has been extended to the end of the year. Again, all frontline health workers as defined by the Ministry of Health will continue to receive their additional allowance of 50 percent of their basic salary for the month of October, November and December,” said the President.

The President first announced the three-month tax holiday for the health workers at the beginning of April 2020.

Although the free tax package had been implemented, that of the 50 percent allowance was not carried out given the seeming controversy over the definition and qualification of a frontline health worker.

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However, President Akufo- Addo had indicated in his 13th address to the nation that issues with the packages as earlier announced had been resolved.

“I know the implementation of this directive for the months of April, May, and June has been fraught with some challenges, caused, mainly, by the protracted discussions over the definition of who qualifies as “frontline health workers” in this context. I have, however, been assured that they have now been resolved, and payments will be effected from the end of June. I should reiterate that the insurance package for health workers is still in place.”

The incentives, according to the President form part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that health workers are supported as they deliver essential services to the populace especially amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“This is, in part, due to the immense dedication and hard work being exhibited by our healthcare workers, who continue to care for those affected by the virus, and for the sick in general.”

“This is, in part, due to the immense dedication and hard work being exhibited by our healthcare workers, who continue to care for those affected by the virus, and for the sick in general.”


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