Coronavirus: Health workers to enjoy 3 months tax-free– Akufo-Addo
All health workers in the country are to enjoy tax holiday for three months as part of government incentive for their sacrifices in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, frontline health workers will receive a 50% allowance on their March to June basic salary. They are also to enjoy free rides to and from work on Ayalolo buses, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted in a national address Sunday evening.
“Government has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months i. e. April, May and June,” the President said.
Ghana has confirmed nine (9) additional COVID-19 cases; six (6) from Greater Accra and three (3) from Ashanti region, the Ghana Health Service has announced.
Among the cases from Greater Accra, one is a 37-year-old woman with no history of travel nor contact with a confirmed case.
One is a repeat test of travellers under quarantine who initially tested negative but converted to positive on a repeat test. Four are contacts of confirmed cases with no symptoms and were detected during the enhanced contact tracing and testing.
Of the three (3) cases from Ashanti region, two (2) are Ghanaians who travelled to Ghana from France within the past 14 days and the third one is a Ghanaian who has no history of travel out of the country nor contact with any confirmed case.
As at 4th April 2020, Ghana has recorded a total of 214 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths.
Currently, the number of regions reporting cases are as follows: Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Upper West Eastern and Upper East Region. The Greater Accra Region has most cases (189) followed by the Ashanti Region (12), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).
Most of the cases are reported from routine / enhanced surveillance activities. Cases from travellers under mandatory quarantine are now 90.