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COVID-19: 78 percent of communities missed out on gov’t’s free water supply

Seventy-eight percent of communities across the country did not benefit from the free water initiative instituted by the government, as part of efforts to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens, the Local Economies Tracker by the Ghana Statistical Service and the UNDP has revealed.

While over 78 percent of communities did not benefit from the free water supply by the government, 25 percent of the communities which were targeted also did not benefit from the government’s subsidized electricity.

The communities which did not benefit from the subsidized electricity did not do so because there was no electricity connection in those areas.

Also, communities that rely on other alternative sources of water did not benefit from the free water supply by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

The survey also found that crime rates went up in 34.1 percent of the 2,770 localities sampled.

The cities affected by the lockdown imposed by the government, as part of efforts to curb further spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, saw an increase in crime rate by 47.1 percent, a survey by the Ghana Statistics revealed.

Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kasoa, therefore, experienced an increase in crime.

According to the survey, the crime rate increased by 34.1 percent out of the 2,770 localities sampled.

The common crimes included burglary and theft, domestic violence, and assault.

Also, about 90 percent of businesses in sales were affected while there were reductions in 72 percent of local businesses.

There was also an increase in the price of products.

Non-alcoholic beverages and food saw the highest increase in price.

Source: classfmonline.com

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