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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 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that seven COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Tsing Yi and Kowloon Bay.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday to cover Hong Wing House of Cheung Hong Estate in Tsing Yi and Block 9 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay.   At Hong Wing House, 769 people underwent testing and three of them tested positive for the virus.   As for Block 9 of Richland Gardens where 474 people took a virus test, four preliminary positive cases were detected.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the cases.
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