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Welfare cases dip 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 459 cases to 199,941 in January, down 0.2% from December last year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients was 273,349.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month reduction of 0.8% to 1,568. Unemployment cases fell 0.6% to 17,075.   Single parent cases dropped 0.5% to 20,385. Old age cases dipped 0.3% to 112,032.   Meanwhile, ill-health cases increased 0.3% to 27,817, and permanent disability cases remained steady at 17,164. http://dlvr.it/T32R7Z

4 imported COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are imported.   The cases involve four women aged between 25 and 38 who arrived from Indonesia and India.   Meanwhile, the centre reminded people who live or work in the same building as the residence of local COVID-19 cases with the N501Y mutant strain and had been released from the quarantine centres that they will be subject to compulsory testing on days three, seven, 12 and 19 counting from the day on which the confirmed case left the building.   They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day.   Relevant people of Tower 11, Carmel Cove, Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung and Block R, Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan should undergo compulsory testing tomorrow, it emphasised.   A total of 71 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including 11 local ones, of which one has an unknown infection source.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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