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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

3.22m vaccine jabs given

About 3,220,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,940,400 people receiving their first dose and around 1,280,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 844,400 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 1,096,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 526,600 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 753,500 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 7,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,600 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 16,200 people received their first dose and about 9,300 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while it is 97% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 5,400 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 16,800 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.
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