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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

17 COVID-19 cases reported

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 17 additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are locally transmitted.   Among them, four have unknown sources of infection.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press conference this afternoon that the new cases involve three residents of Oi Wo House in Tai Wo Estate, taking the number of affected units to four. Three of them are on 14/F.   "For Oi Wo House in Tai Wo Estate, we first issued a compulsory testing notice on February 7 due to two COVID-19 cases being confirmed in one unit on 14/F of that building. Afterwards, we also confirmed three more cases today. Two of them stayed on the same floor as the patients of the previous cases.   "It is possible that the patients from the first unit, during the infectious period, may have used some common facilities such as the lift, maybe the mailbox and also the corridor. It is possible that some environmental contamination happened or they may have just bumped into each other during some occasions, although they don't know each other."   Dr Chuang added that other residents on the same floor need to be evacuated.   "It is possible that other residents on the same floor are also incubating the disease, although a compulsory testing order has been issued and I think most of them have been tested. To be prudent, we put all the other residents into quarantine centres."   Other confirmed cases include two Po Leung Kuk On Tai Rehabilitation Centre staff who were reported as preliminary positive cases yesterday, and a resident of Wai Lee Building in Quarry Bay who lives in 05 unit.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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