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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

2 COVID-19 deaths recorded

The Hospital Authority today said two COVID-19 patients passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 161.   One of them, an 80-year-old female patient with chronic illness and close contact history was admitted to the isolation ward of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on November 29 due to a fever and cough.   Her condition continued to deteriorate and she was transferred to the intensive care unit on December 1. She passed away last night.   The second patient, a 67-year-old man with chronic diseases was sent to the same hospital’s accident & emergency department on December 10 due to shortness of breath.   He subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He passed away this afternoon.
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