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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

7.5k virus cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 7,596 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 3,164 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 4,432 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the cases which tested positive by nucleic acid tests, two were imported and the rest were locally acquired.   Since the fifth wave of the epidemic, a total of 7,358 patients passed away, with the death rate standing at 0.65%.   Meanwhile, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover several buildings where sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   They include Block 7 and Block 8 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay, Ching Yeung House of Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi and Block 6 of Dawning Views in Fanling. People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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