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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

5 imported COVID-19 cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional imported COVID-19 cases.   The patients arrived in Hong Kong from Thailand, South Korea, Switzerland and Singapore.   A total of 40 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, one of which is a local case with an unknown infection source while the rest are imported.   The centre reminded specified people linked to Tower 6, Harbour Place in Hung Hom, Bohemian House in Sai Ying Pun and Sea View Mansion in Sheung Wan to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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