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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

26 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 26 COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Kowloon Bay and Tuen Mun.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday to cover Choi Wui House of Choi Hing Court in Kowloon Bay and Ting Hong House of On Ting Estate in Tuen Mun, where 887 and 1,429 people were tested.   A total of 25 positive cases were detected in Ting Hong House, while one person in Choi Wui House tested positive for the virus.   There were also 17 indeterminate cases in the two buildings.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the cases.
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