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Ghana’s COVID-19 Related Deaths jump to 231

COVID-19 related deaths in Ghana has jumped from 223 to 231 from 12th March to 12th August 2020.

Six patients are in critical condition, 17 in severe, and four others are in ventilators.

The good news is that Ghana’s Active cases are declining for some time now and as of 12th August 2020, Ghana Health Service Report indicates that Active cases stand at 1,839.

From March to 12th August 2020, a total of 39,993 persons who were tested positive have recovered from the Deadly virus and total confirmed cases are 42,063.

The number of tests conducted as of 12th August 2020 stands at 423,008 at which 42,063 were positive.

Parliament has approved a total of GH₵179.7 million as a waiver on the income taxes of all frontline health workers for three months this year.

The waiver will cover personal emoluments and additional allowances for July, August, and September 2020.

Of the amount, GH₵168.98 million will cater for personal emoluments and GH₵5.7 million additional allowances.

The tax incentive is designed as a token compensation to encourage healthcare workers, especially frontline health personnel, to continue to make sacrifices in caring for those infected with the coronavirus disease, and in caring for the sick in general.

The request for waiver of income taxes was presented to the House on August 11, 2020, by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs. Abena Osei-Asare, on behalf of the Minister of Finance, and will cover health workers in government health facilities, quasi-government health facilities, and private health facilities.

It was referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.


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