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Social distancing measures extended

The Government today announced that social distancing measures currently in place will be maintained until May 26.   The Food & Health Bureau said the Government relaxed certain restrictions with the vaccine bubble as the basis on April 29, with a view to responding to the aspirations of various trades and the public to resume normal daily lives as soon as possible.   It added that the implementation of the first phase of measures under the vaccine bubble is generally in order.   The bureau explained that to allow the relevant operators of premises and the general public to get used to the relevant measures, the Government will continue to maintain the existing restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises, as well as the requirements for group gatherings and mask wearing. http://dlvr.it/RzXrgk

Welfare cases down 0.3%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 223,792 in March, down 0.3% from February, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,191.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 2.2% to 2,422 cases, while old age cases were down 0.7% to 128,863.   Unemployment cases rose 0.4% on a monthly basis to 19,810 cases. The figure is also an increase of 57.4% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in January to March was 856 per month, representing a reduction of 3.3% from the number between December 2020 and February, or a decrease of 15.1% from that between January and March.   Ill-health cases increased 0.2% to 26,289. Both permanent disability cases and single parent cases were up 0.1% to 17,502 and 24,826.
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