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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

19 COVID-19 cases detected

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are locally transmitted.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that seven of the cases have unknown sources of infection.   Of the 12 cases linked with previous ones, one is from the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site cluster and another works at an elderly care home run by the Salvation Army in Nam Shan Estate, Sham Shui Po.   One more staff member at the Langham Place branch of Uniqlo in Mong Kok has been confirmed infected, bringing the total number of cases there to four.   Today’s confirmed cases also include a nursing assistant at a private clinic on 16/F, 122 Queen’s Road Central. Five clinic workers who had close contact with the nursing assistant need to be quarantined.   Despite the number of new COVID-19 cases falling for a third day, Dr Chuang noted that it was too early to say the epidemic was under control.   “Although the number of confirmed cases is only 19 today, there are still seven unlinked cases in the city, and the cases live in various districts. Each patient can spread the virus to other people, so they are also sources of infection.   “I do not think the current situation is completely under control.”   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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