The COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana has officially been declared over by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
President Akufo-Addo stated that the decision to proclaim the epidemic over was made during a meeting of the national COVID-19 Taskforce on May 17, 2023, in his 29th televised address to the nation since the pandemic’s start in March 2020.
He said that the World Health Organization’s decision to no longer classify the epidemic as a global health emergency was the basis for this choice.
The president stated as a result that all limitations from the COVID-19 era have now been lifted.
These limitations include prerequisites like the obligation for all incoming travelers to undergo testing at Kotoka International Airport.
President Akufo-Addo said “We are back to pre-COVID requirements in our airports”.
The COVID Health Recovery Levy, which was established to help close some budget gaps, might not be the most popular tax, but I entreat all of you to bear with us, the president stated in his final Covid report on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
On March 32, 2021, the Act was ratified by the president after being approved by the legislature.
The special charge was imposed by law on imports, exports, and the provision of goods and services in order to generate funds for Covid-19 expenditures and related expenses.
According to financial information made public by the Ministry of Finance on April 22, 2022, the levy accrued GH773.93 million in the first eight months after going into effect.