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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 imported COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional imported COVID-19 cases involving arrivals from the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan.   All the cases involve mutant strains.   Two of them tested positive during quarantine while the remaining one tested positive during the test-and-hold arrangement upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport.     A total of 65 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, one of which is a local case with an unknown infection source and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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