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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 have passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 176.   One of the patients, an 83-year-old man, was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for isolation treatment on December 6 due to COVID-19. He required mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure and was transferred to the intensive care unit on December 11.   After treatment, the patient tested negative for COVID-19 and was released from the isolation order by the Department of Health on December 27. However, his condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away yesterday.   Another male patient, aged 95 with chronic illness, was admitted to United Christian Hospital on January 5 due to shortness of breath.   He subsequently tested positive for the virus. His condition continued to deteriorate and he died last night.
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