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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

16 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 16 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted and three are imported.   Among the local cases, four have unknown sources of infection.   One of the unlinked cases involves a 66-year-old postnatal care helper who last went to work on February 11. She developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and diarrhoea on February 19. She tested positive for the virus after she went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the next day.   The second case involves a 76-year-old retired man. He developed sore throat and shortness of breath on February 5. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing on February 20 and tested positive.   The third case involves a 41-year-old man who developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and headache on February 17. He attended a private practitioner the same day.   His deep throat saliva sample, submitted to a general outpatient clinic the next day, tested positive. He is a computer officer and last attended work on February 11.   The remaining unlinked case involves a 62-year-old retired man who developed runny nose on February 19. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the same day and tested positive.    A total of 233 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 192 local cases of which 76 are from unknown sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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