Mid-year budget must tackle risks posed by 3rd wave of Covid – Jackson

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A financial analyst, Mr Joe Jackson has said the mid-year budget statement to be presented to parliament must focus on how the country can deal with the risks posed by the 3rd wave of the Covid-19.

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta presents the budget statement to parliament today Thursday July 29.

In a tweet, Mr Joe Jackson said “The biggest current risk to Ghana’s economy is another wave of COVID. I pray the midyear review addresses this comprehensively. Over to you Hon Ken Ofori-Atta … #MaskUpGhana #COVIDisReal #COVID3Wave

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that per the data on the coronavirus infection rate in Ghana, it appears that, unfortunately, Ghana is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Addressing the nation on SundayJuly 25, he said “I have not come into your homes for some time, because I had hoped that the next time I did so, I would come to announce that we were ready to lift the restrictions and protocols, and get our lives and economy back to normal.

“Alas, that is not the case, so it has become necessary for me to come to your homes this evening, after a ten (10) week absence, to provide you with an update on our nation’s COVID-19 situation.”

He added “As per data available from the Ghana Health Service, it appears that, unfortunately, our nation is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

“These increased infections have largely been driven by the Delta Variant of the virus, which, according to the World Health Organisation, has increased transmissibility rates, and, in our case in Ghana, has led, in recent weeks, to a rise in hospitalisation and ICU bed uptakes, and, tragically, deaths.

“Indeed, in Update No.25, the last update I rendered, our total active case count stood at one thousand, three hundred and fourteen (1,314), with our daily infection rate standing at one hundred (100).

“One million, one hundred and twenty-one thousand, one hundred and sixty-eight (1,121,168) COVID tests had been conducted, out of which ninety-two thousand, four hundred and sixty (92,460) persons had been infected, ninety-one thousand, one hundred and forty-six (91,146) persons had recovered, with a total of seven hundred and eighty-three (783) deaths.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana