Report from the Ghana Statistical Service has revealed COVID-19 has had an impact on over 22 million Ghanaians leading to a fall in their income.
This was disclosed by the government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim at a press conference in Accra. According to him, 77.4 per cent of persons of total household incomes went down starting from March which implies that about 22 million Ghanaians were affected by the reduction in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
“With our current population of about 31 million, if 77.4 per cent of persons indicated that total household incomes went down since March 16, this implies that about 22 million Ghanaians were affected by the reduction in income as a result of Covid-19” According to the survey, over 2 million persons did not engage in any work activity due to Covid-19 safety precautions.
The survey was conducted with a sample size of 3,265 households across all 16 regions in the country.
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The Bono, Upper West and the Bono East Regions recorded the worst-hit household’s whiles the Greater Accra Region was reported to be the least affected region while. There was also a reduction in access to some basic amenities such as food and basic health care in most of the regions in the country.
“Specifically, between the period June 3 and June 9, 2020, more than one million people in Ghana indicated that suspension of work was the reason for not working,”
The coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of borders affecting tourism and hospitality which also served as a means for the fall of income in most Ghanaians.
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The restriction on movement and partial lockdown saw most businesses being crippled due to the disease. In that regard, it leads to an economic slowdown and caused job losses.
The Finance Minister revealed during the mid-year budget review that the pandemic had left the country with a revenue shortfall of GH¢13.6 billion and unplanned expenditures of GH¢11.7 billion.
The “Households and Jobs Tracker” was to provide insights on how household lives and jobs are impacted by the pandemic
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