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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

340k helpers get tested

Nearly 340,000 foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) have been tested for COVID-19 at community testing centres (CTCs) and mobile specimen collection stations or submitted deep throat saliva specimen during the period from May 1 up to 6pm today, the Government announced.   It is estimated that around 40,000 FDHs have received two doses of the vaccine.   The Food & Health Bureau thanked FDHs and their employers for their co-operation in undergoing compulsory testing and fighting the virus together.   The Government requested on April 30 that all FDHs in Hong Kong who had yet to complete a COVID-19 vaccination course to receive testing on a compulsory basis on or before May 9.   The factors that have been taken into account in the decision include that two recent cases involving the N501Y mutant strain were FDHs, the transmissibility of mutant strains is higher, the sources of infection of the cases were not known, and that the confirmed case had gatherings and contacts with other FDHs during the incubation and infection periods.   In view of the surge in testing demand within a short period of time, the Government has substantially increased the booking quotas of CTCs, set up additional mobile specimen collection stations in various districts and extended the service period of mobile stations.   The Government expressed gratitude to all those who received tests, including FDHs, for their patience and understanding, and to frontline staff including staff of service providers, relevant government departments and venues for their full co-operation.   The bureau emphasised that in view of the threat posed by the mutant strains, it is imperative for people to get vaccinated.   It said the two vaccines procured by the Government are sufficient for all Hong Kong people to get vaccinated and pointed out that there are still plenty of unutilised quotas in the CTCs and private clinics.   The bureau called on the public to treasure the city's vaccine supply and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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