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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

Hospital reports virus case

A patient care assistant at Prince of Wales Hospital has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.   The assistant works in the Staff Clinic. She developed a fever on January 20 and attended the clinic yesterday.   She was arranged to undergo a deep throat saliva test and her test result came back preliminary positive for the virus. She will be admitted to the Community Treatment Facility.   The assistant wore appropriate personal protective equipment during work and her last day on duty was January 20. No patient was identified as a close contact.   Three staff members she had meals with were identified as close contacts and will be quarantined.   The assistant had also attended staff training at Shatin Hospital on January 19. All training participants had been wearing surgical masks.   As a precautionary measure, virus tests will be arranged for the training participants and those working at the Staff Clinic.   The Staff Clinic was temporarily closed for thorough cleaning and disinfection this morning.
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