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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

COVID-19 death reported

The Hospital Authority today said an 85-year-old female patient has passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 177.   The patient was admitted to United Christian Hospital on December 14 due to terminal illness. She subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.    After treatment, the patient tested positive for an antibody and was released from isolation by the Department of Health on January 28.   However, her condition continued to worsen and she passed away yesterday morning.
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