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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

No virus case in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the Tsuen Wan restricted area finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people living at Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion, 328 Sha Tsui Road to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. As at midnight, around 570 residents were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, about 275 people’s test records were checked. One person was found to have not undergone mandatory testing and was issued with a compulsory testing order.   Government staff also visited about 200 households in the restricted area, of which eight did not answer the door. Follow-up measures will be taken.   According to the compulsory testing notice, people who stayed in the building for more than two hours from July 30 to August 22 must undergo compulsory testing by August 24 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.
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