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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

Contact tracing yields more info

The Centre for Health Protection today confirmed further details of the itinerary of two local COVID-19 cases with the N501Y mutant strain resulting in more people being placed under compulsory quarantine.   Epidemiological investigations revealed that cases 11643 and 11672 attended a family gathering with relatives of case 11672 on April 13 at Fung Hing House of Hing Wah (II) Estate in Chai Wan.   Three of the attendees then had another gathering at their home at 37 Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po, with cases 11773, 11793 and 11797 on April 18.   In accordance with the latest information, the centre has immediately arranged for the attendees of both gatherings to undergo compulsory quarantine.   People who had stayed at 37 Fuk Wing Street from April 15 to May 5 have to undergo compulsory testing before May 7.   The workplaces of two attendees of the above gathering will also be put under compulsory testing notices. They are Urban Bakery Works on 3/F, Landmark Atrium and Oliver's the Delicatessen on 2/F, Landmark Prince's.   For Fung Hing House, a compulsory testing notice was issued on May 3 due to the results of sewage sample tests.
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