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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

Anti-hypertension advice issued

In support of World Hypertension Day on May 17, the Department of Health encouraged people to be aware of and monitor their blood pressure regularly to fight against hypertension and other non-communicable diseases.   According to the World Health Organization, one in four men and one in five women worldwide have hypertension.   The department's Population Health Survey 2014-15 revealed that the prevalence of hypertension for Hong Kong people aged between 15 and 84 was 27.7%.   About half of them were unaware of their own condition but were found to have high blood pressure during the survey.   Hypertension is a prominent risk factor for severe COVID-19-related illness and death, the department emphasised.   There are reports showing that COVID-19 patients with hypertension were more likely to become seriously ill or die from the disease compared with those without hypertension.   Unless with contraindications, individuals with hypertension under stable control are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for protection against the virus.   The department noted that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.   People are advised to choose food low in salt, sugar and fat, and consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day.   Healthy adults should consume less than two grams of sodium per day and engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activities or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activities every week.   The department also reminded those with hypertension to take medication as directed by a doctor and have regular medical follow-ups.
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