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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

33 virus cases in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 33 COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Diamond Hill and Tuen Mun.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday to cover Tower 3 of Grand View Garden in Diamond Hill and Yat Tin House of Yan Tin Estate in Tuen Mun, where 874 and about 1,120 people were tested.   A total of 23 positive cases were detected in the Diamond Hill building, while ten people in Yat Tin House tested positive for the virus.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the cases.
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