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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

Jabs necessary for airport staff

The latest vaccination requirements for airport staff are for their protection against the health hazard they are exposed to in light of the epidemic situation overseas, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan said today.   The Airport Authority has announced that targeted groups of workers will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with negative test results no longer a substitute for vaccination.   Speaking to reporters, Prof Chan said: “If we look at the airport, it is a high-risk place, especially when we are having inbound travellers, be it transit or coming to Hong Kong from places where there may be very high risk in terms of the epidemic situation.”   The groups subject to the new requirements include those with close-range contact with arrivals or transfer and transit passengers.   “For those people who are working in the areas whereby they would have close contact with inbound travellers or transit passengers, it is important to protect them and also to ensure that they are vaccinated.”   The vaccination requirements will be effective from September 1.
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