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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

101 HIV cases reported

A total of 101 additional cases of HIV infection were reported in the first quarter of the year, the Centre for Health Protection announced today.   Of the new cases, 87 were males and 14 were females, bringing the total number of reported HIV infections to 10,886 since 1984.   Fifty people acquired the virus through homosexual or bisexual contact, while 22 cases acquired the infection by heterosexual contact.   The routes of transmission for 29 cases have yet to be determined.   The centre said sex remains the major mode of HIV transmission and people should use condoms consistently and properly to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.   There were 24 new cases of AIDS reported in the quarter, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,254 since 1985.
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