2022 Budget: Government Spends ¢2.65bn on Covid-19 in 7 months – Finance Minister

Health

From January to September 2021, the government spent a total of $2.65 billion on Covid-19-related expenses.

Covid-19-related costs totaled 2.65 billion in 2021, according to figures from the 2022 budget read aloud in Parliament by the Finance Minister on Wednesday.

In 2021, a total of 4.5 billion was set aside for Covid-19-related costs, which was later amended to 4.6 billion. According to figures from the 2022 budget, the government spent $2.65 billion in seven months (January-September), leaving a balance of $1.95 billion.

With less than two months till the end of the fiscal year, the total amount spent on Covid-19 constitutes more than 57% of the overall budgeted allotment.

The expenses ranged from offering free water and energy to low-income households to purchasing Covid-19 vaccinations.