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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

4 imported COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are imported.   Three of the new cases involve mutant strains and the mutation test result of the remaining case is pending.   Among the four patients, aged 37 to 51, three arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines while the other one came from Saudi Arabia.   Two of them tested positive for the virus during quarantine while the other two tested positive by the test-and-hold arrangement upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport.   The centre reminded specified people linked to Tower 10, Phase 3 - The Graces, Providence Bay in Tai Po to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow.   A total of 58 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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