Infographics: Akufo-Addo extends partial lockdown, absorbs 50% electricity bills

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, April 9, 2020, addressed the nation on measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the country.

In a televised speech, the president indicated that the initial two-week partial lockdown in some parts of Greater Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi has been extended by a week more.

The one-week extension takes effect on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 1 am.

Akufo-Addo added, “Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor, i.e. for all lifeline consumers, that is free electricity for persons who consume zero to 50 kilowatt hours a month for this period. In addition, for all other consumers, residential and commercial, Government will absorb, again, fifty percent (50%) of your electricity bill for this period, using your March 2020 bill as your benchmark.”

He explained, “if your electricity bill was GH¢100, you will pay only GH¢50, with Government absorbing the remaining GH¢50. This is being done to support industry, enterprises and the service sector in these difficult times, and to provide some relief to households for lost income.”

Ghana’s current coronavirus case count according to President Akufo-Addo is now 378.

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