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HK logs 3.3k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,362 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 493 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,869 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 118 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and one for disabled people logged nine cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 33 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 20 patients was unrelated.   It also registered six more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 99.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Kowloon City districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning

Welfare cases dip 0.4%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 221,481 in June, down 0.4% from May, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 1.4% to 2,337 cases, while old age cases were down 0.5% to 126,786. Single parent cases dipped 0.2% to 24,834, while permanent disability cases slightly decreased by 0.1% to 17,478 cases.   Unemployment cases fell by 1.1% to 19,461 cases. The figure is an increase of 54.6% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in April to June was 651 per month, down 15.8% from the March to May number or a decrease of 75.4% from the April to June 2020 figure.   Ill-health cases rose 0.5% to 26,580.
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