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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

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2 COVID-19 deaths recorded

The Hospital Authority today said two COVID-19 patients have passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 176.   One of the patients, an 83-year-old man, was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for isolation treatment on December 6 due to COVID-19. He required mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure and was transferred to the intensive care unit on December 11.   After treatment, the patient tested negative for COVID-19 and was released from the isolation order by the Department of Health on December 27. However, his condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away yesterday.   Another male patient, aged 95 with chronic illness, was admitted to United Christian Hospital on January 5 due to shortness of breath.   He subsequently tested positive for the virus. His condition continued to deteriorate and he died last night.
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