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Coronavirus outbreak depreciates incomes of 22 million Ghanaians

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The Ghana Statistical Service, has revealed through a ‘‘household and job tracker’’ that the incomes of 22 million Ghanaians have been hardly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It says the incomes started reducing from March 2020.

The “Households and Jobs Tracker” was to provide insights on how household lives and jobs have been impacted by the pandemic.

Government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim at a news conference in Accra explained that the 22 million Ghanaians make up 77.4 percent of the total household population in the country.

He said with the country’s current population standing at about 31 million, the implication is that 22 million Ghanaians would have been affected by a reduction in income as a result of COVID-19.

The survey was conducted with a sample size of 3,265 households across all 16 regions of the country.

Out of the figure, the Greater Accra Region was reported to be the least affected while the Upper West, the Bono and Bono East Regions recorded the worst-hit households.

The service in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank conducted a survey to track the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on households and jobs.

The Households and Jobs Tracker is one of the three surveys being conducted by the service and development partners on socio-economic impacts of the coronavirus disease.

Topics covered in this tracker include income loss, access to services, employment, coping strategies, among others.

The other two surveys, which are ‘Business Tracker’ and the ‘Local Economy Tracker’ are being implemented.

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