Cabinet Holds 3-Day Retreat On Covid-19 Data, Implications

President Akufo-Addo is to lead a three-day meeting of Cabinet to examine data gathered so far on the impact of the Covid-19 disease across all governance sectors in Ghana.

The meeting, according to Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, starts Thursday and will expect sector ministers to report on the impact of the disease across their ministries and recommendations thereof.

Oppong-Nkrumah announced the meeting at the usual Covid-19 press updates in Accra.

“It would be recalled that from the onset of the pandemic the Minister responsible for Finance, the Honourable Ken Ofori-Atta briefed the nation through parliament on the projected economic impact of the pandemic and measures that the government was projecting to take to mitigate the impact.

“Since then, under the leadership of the President the government of Ghana has rolled out a number of measures in responding first, to the health crisis specifically, and second, to the socio-economic challenges that come with managing it. These measures as you would recall include free water for three months, free electricity for three months for lifeline consumers and 50% discount for non-lifeline consumers, among others”.

Ghana currently has recorded 3,091 cases since reporting her first two cases of the #Covid-19 disease on March 12. Of the number, 18 have died while 303 have recovered, with a total of 137, 924 tests.

He said after about eight weeks of the pandemic in Ghana and as we inch closer to mid-year, the government of Ghana has actual data on Covid-19 and its real impact across various sectors – education, health, trade, the economy and etc.

“The president has instructed all ministers to report on the impact across their sectors and proffer recommendations for recovery.”

According to Oppong Nkrumah, government would examine the observed impact, the recommendations that are being made, the implications and commence preparations for laying same before parliament.

The country has instituted various measures, including a previous partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa, as well as social engagement protocols that has banned many activities, and a current mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces.